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Research projects

The CiERG cluster broadly aims to empower children, young people (YP) and families by increasing understanding and provision of education services, their wellbeing, and the wider cultural context of their lives.  

The Erasmus Plus winning project ‘Democracy through Drama (DEMO:DRAM) seeks to address a range of issues essential for democratic classrooms and schools that are facilitated by competent teachers aiming to increase student civic engagement and democratic awareness and participation.  Another key strand focusses on children and the media and encompasses: young children’s use of digital media, representations of children and young people in the media and children’s experiences of stardom and celebrity. A recent strand of research within CiERG provides a critique of the contemporary university based on various theoretical and conceptual frameworks, including (critical) cultural political economy, anticipation studies and Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis.

Projects

The social organisation of knowledge in a Conductive Education Centre in Birmingham

This project aims to unpack the benefits of Conductive Education (CE) by working with a CE centre in Birmingham.

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Vocational training for physiotherapists

This project aims to improve the lives of children with complex disabilities by trailing early intervention methods  ...

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Examining Sex and Relationship Education

Sex and Relationship Education in schools will always be a contentious topic but to what extent do a teacher’s own vie...

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Evaluating Holiday Kitchen for Hungry Children

Free school meals can be a vital lifeline for economically disadvantaged families but during the school holidays child...

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Early care and education experiences of young children born prematurely

Exploring the early care and education experiences of children born prematurely through reports from parents.

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Exploring Children’s Wellbeing through Music and Singing

Exploring children's right to make choices and engage in playful activities in restricted environments through music a...

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Relationship-based early intervention services

Early intervention services have the capacity to make big improvements to childrens' outcomes, but how might these ser...

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Independent Evaluation of Fosterline England

Birmingham City University researchers evaluate foster care service, Fosterline. 

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Technobabies: the use of technology by children aged 0-3 years

This project aims to understand how the very youngest children (0 - 3 year olds) are using touchscreen technology in h...

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Cross-cultural approaches for teachers across Europe

To  examine how drama in schools can be used to explore different subjects to create democratic spaces.

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Evaluating the work of the Big Brum Theatre in Education Company

The Human Spaces research project is a small scale evaluative case study.

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Pupil-led anti-bullying interventions

The project harnesses the child’s voice to help resolve their specific experiences of school bullying.  

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Conductive education

Investigating a unified, integrated approach to educating children with disabilities

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A Rhythmic Analysis of Teaching & Learning in HE: Space, Time, Affect

The pilot project set out to capture the rhythmic fluctuations and orientations of BCU’s campuses.

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Photographs as a tool for young children with Down Syndrome

Creating a common assessment tool that could be used by all professionals in a way that empowers parents and children.

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Exploring home schooling experiences for children with SEND and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study aims to build on previous research about home schooling / home education more generally to explore and reco...

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in adulthood: An exploration of social inclusion and identity

Exploring the social inclusion of adults living with the effects of  Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), with a...

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Independent Evaluation of FosterTalk Membership Services

Evaluating the influence that fostering support programme, FosterTalk, has on foster carer retention and developing re...

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Postgraduate Researchers Mental Health and Well-Being

Investigating the experiences of postgraduate researchers and the effects of those experiences on  their mental healt...

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