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Psychology and Education Research

woman and boy learning

Members of the P&E team work individually and collaboratively in several research areas. Research is conducted with participants of all ages from infancy to adulthood, including children in early years/kindergarten, primary/elementary, secondary education, further and higher education. Research approaches and methodologies reflect a variety of positions within P&E, including experimental work, discourse analysis, naturalistic observations, surveys, case studies and mixed methods designs.

General Research Themes

  • Classroom communication and learning, including collaborative group work and the development of cognitive and emotional self-regulation
  • Play, learning and creativity in early years, primary and secondary classrooms
  • Conceptual development and causal reasoning in children, adolescents and adults, including executive functioning, early metacognitive development and young children's epistemic beliefs
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning in infants, children and adolescents
  • Language and the development of children's thinking
  • The use of interactive technology in teaching and learning
  • Peer group influences on social, personal and academic development
  • Attitudes and motivation in education regarding school and school subjects; wellbeing and self-efficacy
  • Inclusion and the education of children identified with special educational needs
  • Gender and achievement
  • Transfer and transitions within and beyond the school context
  • Learning cultures & climate, including education in small and/or rural schools, with reference to educational provision, children's identity and sense of place.
  • Teacher development and pedagogy, including teachers’ knowledge and professional learning
  • Teacher professionalism, status and identity; school improvement

Research Projects

Completed P&E Doctoral projects