We have an outstanding portfolio of research grants and publications, regularly organise national and international seminars and workshops and other services to research, and offer several studentship awards each year. We are members of the ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership including the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, York, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Hull.

We have particular research strengths in Early Years, Children & Childhood; Youth and Community Studies; Maths and Science Education including ICT; Teacher Education, Leadership and Curriculum; and the Theory and Methodology of Educational and Social Research. The Institute is committed to producing the highest quality, theoretically-informed empirical research, coupled with advancing theory and methodology in social research.

Our aims are:

Recent doctoral graduates include university lecturers, head teachers, teachers, local authority advisers, youth workers, charity workers, health educators, nurse educators, and A&E consultants.

Our Departments, Research Centres and Groups

Research Group

Children and Childhood

The Children and Childhood RKE group comprises researchers and practitioners spanning a range of academic disciplines across nursery and early years education, arts education, parenting, and the nature of contemporary childhood. The research is funded by a range of funders including Department for Education, ESRC, AHRC, various charities, local authorities including Sure Start and similar social service evaluations, and local museums and art galleries

Group Contacts

Professor Rachel Holmes  r.holmes@mmu.ac.uk

Research Group

Youth and Community

The Youth and Community RKE group comprises expertise in informal and intergenerational learning, youth work and community development. The research is funded by a range of funders including Department for Education, ESRC, AHRC, the European Union, various charities including the Cooperative Foundation, local authorities including local museums and art galleries.

Research Group

STEM Education and Learning Technologies

The STEM Education research group comprises researchers across the Faculty of Education with a variety of foci including curriculum conceptualisations of mathematical and scientific knowledge, the development of learner identities including the role of gender in STEM Education, teachers’ understandings of science and the nature of science learning, informal learning in science, the role and use of ICT in education, algorithms and the development of big data analysis. The research is funded by the European Union, charities including Nuffield, The Education Endowment Fund and Wellcome, HEFCE and the Norwegian Research Council

Research Group

Theory and Methodology

The Theory and Methodology Research Group operates across and underpins much of the work of ESRI's other research groups. Core membership and substantive activity overlaps with groups above. Theory and Methodology was highlighted in REF 2014 Panel feedback “The sub-panel judged that the work of the cross-cutting research group Theory, Methodology and Knowledge Production underpinned the production of a significant number of world-leading and internationally excellent outputs”.

Research Group

Teacher Education, Leadership and Curriculum

The Teacher Education, Leadership and Curriculum RKE group includes research on teacher education, school leadership, curriculum, assessment and SEN/inclusion. It combines world leading research with the work of a very large and highly successful teacher education Faculty. Much of its activity overlaps with and contributes to substantive research in the STEM Education group. Special Needs and Inclusion is another area of expertise. The group produces research to inform and develop teacher education across the region and the field of teacher education internationally. Research funders include the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL), England, the National Council for Special Education, (NCSE), Ireland, the Higher Education Academy, the Co-operative College, and charities such as Nuffield and the Book Trust.

Our Research