Bristol Inter-disciplinary Group for Education Research (BRIDGE)
Bristol Inter-disciplinary Group for Education Research (BRIDGE) encompasses one overall theme - social justice - and three inter-connected strands:
- Researching with children and young people
- Digital education
- Research in global and sustainable education
Social justice is the organising principle around which all research in the Department of Education and Childhood coalesces. The strands represent established and emerging areas of research interest for the Department. The group is made up of researchers, associates and doctoral researchers throughout the Department and welcomes membership from across the University.
Details of the activities of the Group are advertised through our social media sites Twitter and Facebook. We also include details of our activities within some of our blog posts. We further advertise our events via UWE Bristol email to relevant groups and individuals.
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In this article Katrina Diamond, a Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood at UWE, writes about an evidence-based mindfulness intervention, with primary aged children, based on the book “My Magical Garden” by Jacqui Gray and Terri Allen (2008). The number of adults, and children, with mental health issues, stress, anxiety and fatigue is stark (Baker, … Continue reading "“My Magical Garden”: A mindfulness intervention for teachers working with children experiencing challenges around anxiety, stress and self-regulation – exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, school closures and ‘curriculum catch-up’."
In this blog Dr Tim Clark, Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood at UWE discusses his research which focuses on exploring doctoral students’ perceptions of the influences on their methodological decision making. It is not unusual for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to encounter challenges with the selection and coherent application of a methodological approach in their … Continue reading "Methodological Becoming: Becoming a Reflexive Researcher"
Fay Lewis, Amanda Wilkinson and Marcus Witt, all Senior Lecturers in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol have written a new book Mastery and Depth in Primary Mathematics which gives teachers practical strategies for developing mathematical thinking in the classroom. Dr Lewis writes that the UK National Curriculum is clear about the … Continue reading "Mastery and Depth in Primary Mathematics"
This article is a guest blog from Louise Couceiro, a PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow. Louise’s research explores how children aged seven to ten engage with and respond to collective biographies about women published since 2016. In this article, Louise suggests that although the proliferation of texts centering women’s achievements is laudable, supporting … Continue reading "Contemporary Children’s Biographies About Women: A laudable endeavour, but critical reading remains crucial"
In this article, Dr Alexandra Morfaki, Nursery Manager at The Students’ Union at UWE, discusses her doctoral research which focused on Inclusion in the Early Years. Alex’s thesis explored the dilemmas of difference, roles and partnerships in the operationalisation of inclusive practices for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. The provision of a fair and equitable curriculum … Continue reading "A fair and equitable curriculum for young children with special educational needs and disability"
In Mental Health Awareness week, Dr Verity Jones, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol explains that although connecting with nature is important for our mental health, increasingly, children and young people are experiencing anxiety about the natural world and the environment. Dr Jones has proposed a three-stage approach to … Continue reading "Nature – a source of solace or anxiety for children and young people?"
Dr Sarah Chicken Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Education at UWE marks Neurodiversity Celebration Week (15-21 March 2021) by taking the opportunity to raise awareness about dyspraxia by telling some of her personal story. I am a senior lecturer within the Department of Childhood and Education where I have worked for seventeen years. I am … Continue reading "Raising awareness of Neurodiversity: my lived experience of dyspraxia"
Dr Fay Lewis, Programme Leader MA – Education in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol, describes how students from UWE Bristol provided an innovative introduction to science and engineering for local primary school children. British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) taking place this year … Continue reading "How do you teach science through engineering amidst lockdowns and school closures?"