Organisational unit: Department

Organisation profile

Education’s research strengths can be grouped into 3 overlapping areas and these are closely linked with our teaching and knowledge exchange activities:


Development of Professional Practice: This includes research into teacher education and teacher learning; early years professionals; leadership; professionals and families, professionals and autism and social and emotional development. 


Equity, Diversity and Social Justice: Research in issues of equity, diversity and social justice incorporates studies around poverty, gender, race and inclusion in addition to specific studies on refugee education, migration and diversity in teaching.


Learning, Teaching and Curriculum: Research in the School of Education relates to learning and teaching in the formal and informal curriculum, including early years pedagogy and lifelong learning.   Curriculum study includes languages, literacy, numeracy, creativity and creative arts, science education, technology and environmental and ecological education.   The School also has research strengths in philosophy with children, assessment, collaborative learning, transitions in education and higher education pedagogy.


  1. Creative and dramatic play with technologies

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Framing technological experiences in the early years

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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  1. Chair of the Large Grants Committee

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  2. Scottish Government Language Symposium (invited guest):

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

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  1. Improving Pedagogical Practice

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEducation, Professional practice, training and standards, Public understanding, information and debate

  2. Who gets to play? Investigating equity in musical instrument instruction in Scottish Primary Schools

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Education

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  1. Outstanding Research Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Travel funding

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Writer's bursary

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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