Centre for Education Research, Innovation and Equity
Building on our heritage as an educational and teacher training institution
Educational research is critical for ensuring that learners, including those who teach others, gain as much as possible at school, college, university and beyond.
The Centre for Education Research, Innovation and Equity supports a wide-ranging cohort of educational researchers, focussed on learners of all kinds, and building on the University of Chichester’s 180-year heritage as an educational and teacher training institution.
Equity is an ever-present theme in our work. In a fast-changing and market-driven world, the way we learn, and the questions we ask about how we learn, need to be grounded in informed debate about fairness, power and representation. This focus is reflected in the activities of our Special Education and Disability Studies Research Group, which promotes awareness of the values and ethos of inclusive practice in Early Years settings, schools, colleges and in the wider community.
We have worked in close collaboration with many local, national and international organisations, including:
- Education Futures Collaboration
- Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)
- The Evaluation and Innovation in Education Research Group (University of Cordoba)
- Children on the Edge.
Student-led Interventions as An Approximation of Practice
This project explores the ways in which student teachers develop as professionals through student-led interventions as part of their teaching practice.
The study, led by Dr Glenn Stone and Dr Susannah Smith, is discovering that such interventions could be viewed as an approximation of practice that develops specific knowledge and skills for student teachers, who subsequently apply newly-developed knowledge and skills to whole-class teaching.
Social Prescribing to Improve Health, Wellbeing and Resilience in Education Studies Students
This research project, led by Dr Linda Cooper and Dr Susannah Smith, explores the effectiveness of a ‘social prescribing approach’ in enhancing mental health, wellbeing and resilience for Education students.
Combining the themes of resilience, agency and empowerment, it responds to the changing mental health needs within the university community itself.
Members of the Centre have produced a wide range of academic and professional publications, reports and resources that have been used in many different contexts.
An indicative list of these, and other outputs, can be found on our ChiPrints website.
How we're helping create change
Our research has had significant impacts on communities of learners at an international level.
Through a sustained process of communication, training and dissemination, our research with the international MESH initiative (Mapping Educational Specialist KnowHow) helped to promote quality early years practice to international, national and community volunteers, raising the quality of early education provision for more than 1,500 refugee children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – the world’s largest refugee settlement.
These impacts were captured in a range of testimonial statements, and underpinned an impact case study in REF 2021. The testimonials bear out the changes the project made to safety standards, the provision of safe spaces in which to play and learn, and the emotional transformation these changes brought about in the children who benefitted.
Our work on bilingual competencies in the European Union has had a significant impact on teachers’ professional practice, preparing them for their home teaching context. It has also led to the creation of international collaboration networks for Bilingual Education teachers.
Events and News
The Research Centre holds monthly Research Cafes where colleagues share their work in a supportive and collegiate forum.
Our 2023/24 programme will be published soon.