BESA Community News – CEPA Summer 2020 Research Newsletter

As you may have noticed from our recent communications, we are keen to share updates from the wider BESA community on news, research work and events. To that end, we would like to share with you the most recent news from the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA) at Liverpool Hope University, which provides detail on their research and collaboration activity that may be of general interest. We will regularly re-post this news for the BESA community and if you have anything similar you would like to share, please contact .

Welcome to our Summer 2020 update

CEPA is a forum for research and collaboration framed around four inter-related programmes, described below.

Our research reflects interdisciplinary interests in values-led education across all sectors and phases and is aligned explicitly with issues of equality and diversity in our research emphasis on social justice both within the academy and broader society. This booklet profiles books, reports, chapters and articles relating to each of the research programmes over the past year.

This newsletter reflects the collaborations and partnerships with local and international communities which shape our research. We highlight ways we are working responsively, inclusively and with resilience in the current pandemic situation. Please share widely!

Dr Catherine O’Connell
CEPA Director
Phone: 0151 291 3290

CEPA Steering group:  Dr Babs Anderson, Associate Professor Phil Bamber, Matthew Clayton (CEPA Visiting Professor), Sam Sellar (CEPA Visiting Professor), Associate Professor Alan Hodkinson, Associate Professor Naomi Hodgson, Dr Joseph Maslen, Dr Catherine O’Connell, Dr Konstanze Spohrer, Ms Sue Cronin, Dr Lynn Sampson-Chappell, Professor John Shortt.

Philosophy, Education and Society

Our research encompasses a broad spectrum of approaches from analytic perspectives on religious education to continental philosophical-anthropological work on digitisation, governance, and subjectivity.

  • Special Issue on The Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy: in Teoria de la Educacion, which features an introduction by the authors (Hodgson, Vlieghe and Zamojski), and six articles by Spanish and Latin American authors (available in both Spanish and English).
  • Pedagogies of Punishment Project: John Tillson and Winston Thompson are publishing a blog series on the project website.
  • The Emotional Curriculum: a series of podcasts relating to the project is available here.
  • Religion and the ethics of influence: John Tillson discusses religion and the ethics of influence in an Interview by Richard Marshall for ‘3:16’ blog which features many leading philosophers.
  • Parenting apps and the depoliticisation of the parent: New article by Hodgson & Ramaekers in Families, Relationships and Societies

Citizenship, Identity and Social Justice

Our research explores themes of belonging, character, and social inclusivity in contexts of religious education, national values, and citizenship education, as well as character and resilience-driven education policies in socially disadvantaged or marginalised regions and communities.

Higher Education

Our research examines the nature of change in higher education in the UK and internationally drawing on critical, historical, and comparative perspectives.  We explore the dynamics of globalisation of HE, assessing the impact of transnational policies and metrics on local policy and practice.  We have a broad commitment towards widening participation and social justice, as well as a focus on higher education pedagogy, contemporary studenthood, academic identity and practice within the frameworks of institutional and sector-wide change.

Education for Advantage

Our research takes a broad interest in education leadership, practice, and professional formation. There is a sustained exploration of the research-practice nexus and processes of knowledge mobilisation. Research foci include: compatible pedagogies in culturally and socially diverse environments; migration, refugeeness, and pedagogies of care; teacher education for sustainable development and global citizenship.

Spotlight on student research

Our annual public engagement competition profiles the impactful research of our postgraduate students.  Read the prize-winning submissions here

Recent article by Ayeshe Lohar argues OECD ‘International Early Learning and child well-being Study (IELS)’ indicates direction of travel towards instrumental education.

Study with us

Our undergraduate degree options include either Education Studies as a Joint Honours degree or on our newly launched Single Honours degree. Both the Single Honours and our MA (Education) courses are closely aligned with CEPA’s research themes.

We welcome doctoral applications in our research programme areas, either through the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) route or through the Faculty of Education’s Doctor of Education (EdD) course.

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