Research projects

The core research mission of PERG is to interrogate and challenge dominant ideologies, practices and discourses in the field of teacher education/teacher learning, with a view to creating conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches with practitioners and learner. 

PERG has a broad research interest and remit, including:

  • To act as a forum for academic and practitioner research and activity in teacher/teaching education in all its forms
  • To develop work in key themes of local, national, and international interest in teacher/teaching education for practitioners, researchers, students, young people, education users, parents, communities, policy-makers and legislators
  • To research and develop innovative, boundary pushing pedagogies and/or methodologies of teacher learning
  • To explore creative methodologies across disciplines and fields on teacher/teaching education and teacher education research
  • To work with practitioners, students, education users, education providers, policy-makers and legislators to explore and investigate the interface between policy and practice in teacher/teaching education
  • To work with practitioners as researchers and build practitioner research capability
  • To support the development of practitioner knowledge production
  • To establish and sustain practitioner cultures that are developmental, reflexive and critical
  • To provide discursive and research fora for teachers, academics and students that are orientated towards the production of resources of hope
  • To organise local, national and international research events, activities and groups concerned with teacher/teaching education

Projects 

The factors affecting the quality of the ‘off-the-job’ element of apprenticeships in the West Midlands region

The research aimed to explore the challenges of putting together and delivering successful apprenticeship programmes.  

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Evaluation of the Professional Exchange Network Programme

Birmingham City  University is undergoing research to critically evaluate the impact of the Professional Exchange Net...

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Building a Diverse Practitioner Learning Environment

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Open School Doors

Reducing disparities in learning outcomes for children from refugee, asylum seeker, and newly arrived migration context...

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Transforming Lives and Communities

Focusing on colleges not just as a producers of human capital but rather, as important community resources.

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Preparing students for patient engagement with VR

Compassionate care is experiential and hard to teach, but VR could help prepare health students for their first engage...

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Leadership and the quality of teaching and learning in FE

What is the relationship between leadership and improving teaching and learning?

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The impact and implications of the Teaching Excellence Framework

An exploration of the impact and implications of the Teaching Excellence Framework

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Improving learning and teaching through collaborative observation

The primary aim of this project was to create a sustainable and collaborative model of observations.

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Belonging and achieving at BCU: pedagogy for all

Exploring how making a space in the curriculum for students to share aspects of their cultural background and identity ...

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Template for performative inquiry

This study draws on Hill’s ‘cabaret’ research dissemination to develop a template to use for the range of exemplars.

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Using performative modes of research dissemination

The researchers in this project are actively and proactively exploring creative modes of research dissemination.

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Exemplars of performative inquiry

The research is in its early stages and has already identified exemplars of creative modes of research dissemination. ...

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Communities of Practice around research supervision

Researchers are providing an array of approaches to investigating research supervision.

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Leadership, further education and social justice

This research project aims to explore how further education leaders who have a self-professed history of commitment to...

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Using vignettes to explore how supervisors and students clarify expectations during doctoral studies

The research will explore which strategies and resources are being used and how useful these are to student outcomes. ...

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What value does a Master’s in Education have for diverse student groups?

Exploring the experiences and motivations of students partipating in taught Master's courses to understand the benefit...

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Co-MAP: Investigating Covid-19's impact on vulnerable young people

The Co-MAP project responds to the urgent need to understand the impacts of Covid-19 in relation to the most vulnerabl...

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Digi-Doc: Digital Doctorate Training Hub

BCU has pioneered an innovative ‘close to practice’ professional doctorate programme in Education, the EdD, and the UK...

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Re-thinking curricula: STEAM education from early years through to higher education

This project will explore the interaction between STEAM subjects and their inherent creativity to better understand th...

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