Moving in the wrong direction: A critical history of citizenship education in England from the early twentieth century to the present day

This article critically explores the development of citizenship education in England from the early twentieth century to the present day. Using Westheimer and Kahne’s (2004) citizenship education framework as a lens, it is argued that citizenship education in England, from the early twentieth century to the present day, has failed to move beyond education for […]

When I grow up I want to be a comedian! assessing the impact of comedy and laughter training on the emotional and social wellbeing of schoolchildren

This study assessed the impact of a comedy and laughter training programme on the social confidence and well-being of 145 UK-based primary school students. Scores in self-efficacy, shyness and happiness were taken once before and twice following (immediately after and eight weeks later) the programme for both students on the programme and a control group. […]

Collaborative resilience-building: supporting childhood resilience through interaction between adults and children

The article reports on the key findings from a project that investigated children’s perspectives on their resilience, including whether they had a positive perception of themselves, whether they believed they were resilient and what support was available.  The project formed part of an evaluation of Headstart, a programme funded by the Big Lottery (2017-2021) trialling […]

The Controversy Will Continue! Issues Concerning the Conceptualisations and Assessment of Creativity and the Impact it has on Education

This article will argue the need for a new multidimensional approach to creativity in order to solve ongoing problems concerning the conceptualisations and measurements within the field. First, an overview of the numerous assessments of creativity present in the literature will be provided. Second, the varying roots of creativity and conceptualisations will be presented to […]

Science, Technology, Engineering and… Masculinity? How psychological theory can help understand and improve the gender gap within STEM subjects

The under-representation of females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a key educational issue which warrants discussion. This paper explores the gender gap in STEM education from a psychological perspective, drawing on Social Learning Theory and Social Identity Theory to explain the phenomenon. This paper highlights that same-sex STEM role models are an […]

The Education of Children from Military Families: Identity and Agency

The paper addresses the identity characteristics of children in military families (service children) and the conceptualisation of their educational experience. Looking beyond the bare facts of academic attainment and participation in higher education, the paper explores the impact of identity and agency on educational progression and accordingly presents the consequences for educators in engaging with […]