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CSPACE Blog

The Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) is a community of researchers, lecturers, practitioners and students committed to exploring culture and practice across a wide spectrum of educational settings. This blog will offer insight into our inventive and creative approaches to research, as well as promoting our work on inclusion and social justice across a range of educational fields.

Visiting Manor Church of England Academy: thoughts about music technology and gender

Although it feels like a lifetime ago now due to Covid-19 restrictions - I used to have the privilege of visiting music teachers and local schools as part of my research assistant role at CSPACE. Sometimes these would be part of a funded research project, but other times they were just to see new and interesting practices, and to hear about some of the challenges and delights of classroom music teaching directly from those living it every day. One of these visits was to Manor Church of England Academy where their inspiring music teacher,  Dave Lowe had been developing composing pedagogies using Apple iPads. 

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From practitioner inquiry on doctoral supervision into an internally funded creative research project

In 2015, BCU developed a community of practice model for the professional development of doctoral supervisors. This mo...

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4:1 gets the job done-right?

Within the myriad of thoughts, emotions and perceptions around what behaviour management entails, through my own exper...

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Co-developing students and staff classroom consciousness – some key ingredients

Student-staff collaboration in learning and teaching has been an influential movement in UK higher education (HE) parti...

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Spinning the child: musical constructions of childhood through records, radio and television

Liam Maloy will present his new book: " Spinning the Child : Musical Constructions of Childhood through Records, Radio ...

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Coming soon – the BCU School of Education journal magazine!

The BCU Education journal magazine that will contain research based articles that can be used by teachers and easily r...

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The place of teacher assessment in Primary School statutory testing

Considerations of how teacher assessment is (or is not) used in Primary schools to inform end of Primary Schools asses...

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The Research Garden: finding your way through the undergrowth and having the courage to try

Conceptualising and planning a research project from scratch is a challenge. Applying for funding to support your idea...

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Threshold concepts and formative assessment within Key Stage 3 group composing

This blog draws on the notion of threshold concepts focusing on the Key Stage 3 group composing context. Using video-r...

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Critical Perspective 2: Formative Presentations

This blog listing is about my experiences as the module lead on Critical Perspective 2, a module on School of Educatio...

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Moments of Light: Loss, Work and Research

This blog post shares the moments of success I have found as an educator and doctoral student during the period of lock...

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Holiday food programmes and food insecurity prevention- recommendations for delivery.

A PhD researcher shares her observations on the importance of considering tastes and preferences when delivering holid...

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Crossing boundaries: reflections on being an academic and a writer of fiction

This blog explores the experience of an academic who spent a year writing fiction and highlights the ways in which both...

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Home schooling; Children; Families; School; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This article discusses a new project that aims to explore the experiences of children with SEND and their parents durin...

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Lockdown in Theory

The purpose of this piece is to encourage readers to reflect on the source/s of their theory and to critique the need ...

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Research Informed Teaching

Research informed teaching focuses on enhancing the knowledge of students through research, teaching students to develo...

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