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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.

Gender stereotypes in childhood: what’s the harm?

A discussion of how the perpetuation of gender stereotypes throughout society, particularly in childhood, can have a harmful impact – and what the research shows we can do about it.

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Mystery tour for a so-called “NEET”

A reflection on past experiences as a young person not in employment, education or training.

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Girls don't do this!

PhD student Lynn Holman-Fox reflects on her own music education experience, considering some of the barriers she faced ...

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'The political catch-up': learning from parents' experiences of home-schooling children with SEND

This article challenges the political catch up and loss narratives following long periods of school closures and home-...

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Tacet: Female Directors of Music in UK Independent School History.

This reflection examines intersections between independent school songs, those who wrote and taught them and the role o...

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All Born Equal? Tackling social inequalities from birth to five to safeguard lifelong wellbeing

This post discusses the importance of highlighting and tackling social and health inequalities before a child reaches ...

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A reflection on coping with adult physical impairment

A reflection on coping with adult physical impairment.

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Inform, Educate, Entertain: The BBC at the end of history

This post links the founding principles of the BBC with Adam Curtis’s latest documentary and its wider application to ...

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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