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Caroline Hart

Position/Status

Affiliated Lecturer

Academic Groups

Education, Equality and Development

E-mail Address

  • cfsscr2@cam.ac.uk

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Sociology (Leeds)
  • PGCE (Leeds)
  • MEd (Leeds)
  • MPhil Educational Research (Cambridge)
  • PhD (Cambridge)

Recognition

  • Member of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
  • Co-Chair of the HDCA Children's Thematic Group
  • Member of the HDCA Education Thematic Group
  • Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
  • Member of the Philosophy of Education Society
  • Member of the Centre for Science and Policy (University of Cambridge)
  • Member of the Higher Education Research Group (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Member of the Centre for Studies in Childhood and Youth (University of Sheffield)
  • Member of the Forum for Youth Particpation and Democracy (University of Cambridge)

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Profile

My main research interests are concerned with education policies and practices in relation to human development and quality of life, particularly for children and young people. I am interested in Amartya Sen’s capability approach and also the sociological ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and Zygmunt Bauman. My previous research includes a HEFCE funded Excellence Fellowship at the University of Bradford to research widening participation in higher education in the UK. I have also undertaken research into the nature of aspiration in relation to the capability approach and notions of well-being and human flourishing. I am currently working on a multi-disciplinary project exploring community resilience and public art.  I am also engaged in research to further understanding around the social context of eating practices in schools.  My social science fieldwork experience includes leading expeditions to the Indian Himalayas, the Perhentian islands in the South China Sea and the study of hill tribe communities in rural areas of Northern Thailand.

My specialist teaching topics relate to sociological and philosophical approaches to social justice, equality and human development. I am also interested in the development of education systems and their role in development. I currently teach and examine on the MPhil/MEd thematic routes in Politics, Development and Democratic Education (PDDE) in the Faculty of Education.  In my role as Senior Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University I also teach on degree programmes in Education Studies and Learning Support.

Prior to developing my academic career I gained extensive experience as a teacher and education leader in secondary schools in the UK, Italy and Malaysia. In schools my responsibilities included academic and pastoral management of students, overseeing transitions to higher education, staff appraisal and mentoring initial teacher trainees. I have led several projects aimed at improving student engagement in education including being an Aimhigher coordinator.


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Research

Interests

  • The capability approach, human development and public policy
  • The relationship between education, equality and social justice
  • Aspirations and transitions from post-16 education
  • Conceptualisations of Higher Education
  • Education policy on widening participation in higher education in England
  • Intellectual and methodological traditions in education research
  • Ethics and professionalism in research

Recent and Current Research Projects

  • My recent research has focussed on synthesising the work of Amartya Sen and Pierre Bourdieu in order to understand the nature of young people’s aspirations in relation to the capability approach.  I am now applying this work to examine international policies to support human development. 
  • I am currently an education advisor to the UNDP in relation to the Panama Human Development Report 2013.
  • I am also researching the relationship between education, public art and community resilience.
  • A new research project I am working on explores the social context of eating practices in primary schools, drawing on the evaluative framework of Amartya Sen's capability approach.

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Teaching

Courses

  • Supervision of MPhil/MEd students studying the Politics, Development and Democratic Education thematic route.
  • Teaching and Examining MPhil/MEd thematic routes in Politics, Development and Democratic Education (PDDE). 
  • Teaching, supervising and examining on a range of degree programmes in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion at Sheffield Hallam University. 

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Selected Publications

Hart, C.S. (2014 forthcoming) The Capability Approach and Educational Research, book chapter in C.S.Hart, M.Biggeri, B.Babic & C.Sedmak (Eds) Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond (London, Bloomsbury).

Hart, C.S. (2014 forthcoming), Agency, Participation and Transitions Beyond Schools, book chapter in C.S.Hart, M.Biggeri, B.Babic & C.Sedmak (Eds) Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond (London, Bloomsbury).

Hart, C.S. (2013 forthcoming) Education and Policies on the Aspirations of Young People, Background Paper for the 2013 UNDP Human Development Report for Panama.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Aspirations, Education and Social Justice: Applying Sen and Bourdieu (London, Bloomsbury).

Hart, C.S. (2012) (Guest Editor, Special Issue on the Capability Approach and Education) The Capability Approach and Education (Editorial), Cambridge Journal of Education, 42(3), pp.275-282.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Review Essay on M. Walker & E. Unterhalter (2007) (Eds) Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33(4), pp.607-613.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Book Review of O. Lessman, H. Otto & H. Zielger (Eds) (2011) Closing the Capabilities Gap. Renegotiating Social Justice for the Young (Opladen, Barbara Budrich) [Germany], Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 13(3), p.513-515.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Book Review of M. Biggeri, J. Ballet & F. Comim (2011) Children and the Capability Approach (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 13(2), pp.317-319.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Book Review of M. Nussbaum (2010) Not for Profit (Princeton, Princeton University Press), British Education Research Journal, 38(2), pp.350-352.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Aspirations, Education and Social Justice: Applying Sen and Bourdieu, BERA Research Intelligence, Spring.

Hart, C.S. (2010) Having it Both Ways: How Can We Develop Quality and Quantity in Education Without Compromising Human Flourishing? International Conference on Human Development, Amman, Jordan, September 2010 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2009) Quo Vadis? The Capability Space and New Directions for the Philosophy of Educational Research, Studies in Philosophy & Education, 28 (5), pp391-402.

Hart, C.S. (2008) What Can Young People Tell Us About Promoting Equality and Inclusion Through Widening Participation in Higher Education in England? International Conference on Human Development, Delhi, India, September 2008 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2007) The Capability Approach as an Evaluative and Developmental Framework for Education Policy: The Example of Widening Participation in Higher Education in England, Prospero, (13) pp.34-50.

Hart, C.S. (2007) The Future Beyond School/College. Preliminary Findings From a Survey of the Aspirations and Ideas of Students at Schools and Colleges in Sheffield [four confidential reports for internal use by institutions].

Hart, C.S. (2004) HEFCE Excellence Fellowship Report on Students’ Perceptions of their Aspirations and Needs in Relation to Aimhigher Widening Participation Policy (Bradford, University of Bradford).

Recent Conference Papers include:

Hart, C.S. (forthcoming) (2013) Aspirations and the Capability Approach: Implications for Public Policy in Education and Health, University of Cambridge, Centre for Science and Policy (forthcoming, October).

Hart, C.S. (forthcoming) (2013) Ethical Education Policy for Child Well-being, Human Development and Capability Association, annual conference 2013, Managua, Nicaragua, September.

Hart, C.S. (2013) Aspirations and Capabilities, invited paper, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, 26 March.

Hart, C.S. (2013) Rethinking Teacher Well-being, conference paper presented at the North of England Education Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, January.

Hart, C.S (2011) Thinking, Doing, Feeling: Capabilities in Relation to Decision-Making and Transitions beyond School in the UK. Paper presented at the 2011 Children’s Capabilities and Human Development Conference, University of Cambridge, 11-12 April.

Hart, C.S (2010) The Nature and Nurture of Children’s Aspirations, International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association, Jordan, Amman, September 2010 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2011) Rethinking the Relationships Between Commodities, Capitals, Capabilities and Aspirations. Paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association 2011 International Conference, The Hague, September 5-8.

Hart, C.S. (2010) Is There a Role for Educators in Developing Well-being Amongst Young People? British Educational Research Association, Annual conference, University of Warwick, September.

Hart, C.S. (2010) Movin’ On: A Sociological Analysis of Youth Transitions from Post-16 Education in England, International Conference on Childhood and Youth, Sheffield, July, 2010.

Hart, C.S. (2009) Conversion Factors Revisited. Paper presented at the British Education Research Association SIG on Social Justice, University of Cambridge, 25 June.

Hart, C.S. (2007) Understanding the Role of Education in Promoting Child Well-being. Paper presented at the 2007 International conference of the United Kingdom Forum on International Education and Training, University of Oxford, September 2007.