Post-compulsory education, social justice and the student experience

Self-directed learning

Led by Dr Richard Waller (Associate Professor of Education). Drawing upon many of BRILLE's research activities extending from 2002, this theme continues and builds on its existing relationships and projects, and contributes to the Departmental vision to advance human flourishing and social justice through excellence in education and lifelong learning.

Projects

Theme summary

This broad thematic cluster draws upon many of BRILLE's traditional activities, builds on existing relationships and recent project activity, and contributes to the Departmental vision to advance human flourishing and social justice through excellence in education and lifelong learning. Given the range of interests of colleagues in the Department and wider UWE community, there are numerous current and potential research projects in this area, and what follows is an indicative list of some of them:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in higher and further education;
  • The national, and international policy context for education and training;
  • Relationship of education and training to the labour market, the knowledge economy, social inclusion and economic regeneration;
  • Widening participation in further and higher education;
  • Learning and development in a range of professions;
  • 'Non-traditional' university students;
  • The formation of learner identities at key points of transition, such as the movement from secondary school to FE college, or from sixth form into university;
  • Social justice and the relationship of educational processes to life-chances and economic factors;
  • Differential educational outcomes across different social groups and communities;
  • Student experience in all phases of formal and informal learning and education, but particularly in higher education.

BRILLE Researchers

BRILLE Researchers are:

  • engaging with learning communities within the university and across regional, national and international partnerships
  • researching multilingually
  • evaluating programmes, projects  and policies in local, national and international contexts
  • supporting practitioner research
  • conducting life histories and narrative research

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