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.
Bristol Inter-disciplinary Group for Education Research (BRIDGE) blogView the blog
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?"
Despite the pandemic, approximately sixty primary schools, took part in an engineering challenge as part of British Science week supporting the ‘Big Beam In’ run by DETI (Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation Initiative). The challenges were planned by teacher education and engineering students from UWE Bristol. For the live teaching by our students in schools, … Continue reading "Covid- Proof Engineering in Schools"
Over the last few years we have watched the sound of young people’s voices get louder in response to global climate change. Before lockdown we saw thousands gather to protest in public places around the world demanding change. Demanding action. Young people leading young people to insist that the global community act now, and act … Continue reading "Don’t just listen to young people …."
Recently The Guardian reported on how some universities are ‘bowing’ to student pressure and including classes on climate throughout all courses – whether they be geography and environmental studies (where such issues have traditionally been included) or music and fashion (where issues of connected with climate may not seem so obvious). A report published this … Continue reading "We deserve to be taught about it: climate crisis classes for all students – a word of caution"
Education Research from UWE reaches around the globe… In this article, Dr Smith draws on her doctoral research, carried out in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE, investigating the beliefs and practices of high expectation teachers. Although Dr Smith’s EdD thesis was only submitted recently, it has already had global reach. One of … Continue reading "‘It’s our job to take the limits away’: A case study approach to exploring culture of teacher expectations in an English secondary school"