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Education Equity & social justice

Our focus is on issues around:

  • social class and poverty
  • responses to diversity in the classroom
  • inclusive education
  • bilingualism
  • diversification of the teaching profession

Current research projects 

Levers for change to narrow attainment gaps linked to poverty

Researcher(s)

  • Professor Sue Ellis
  • Alastair Wilson
  • Dr Vivienne Smith
  • Deirdre Grogan
  • Clare McAllister
  • Ian Ennis
  • Paul Chambers
  • Dr Morag Findlay
  • Jess Anderson

Funding

Renfrewshire Council

Working in the Literacy Clinic

Researcher(s)

Professor Sue Ellis is working with Jane Thomson and Jenny Carey.

Funding

Stage 1: Education Excellence Fund, University of Strathclyde

Stage 2: unfunded

A Study of the Perceived Relevance and Effectiveness of Parents’ Meetings in Primary Schools

Researcher(s)

  • Dr. Gillian Inglis

Funding

Unfunded

Publications

Inglis, G (2012) Reconstructing parents’ meetings in primary schools: The teacher as expert, the parent as advocate and the pupil as self-advocate. Centre for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2(1): 83-103

Inglis, GH (2014) The actual and potential participation of primary school pupils at parents' evenings: A challenge to the established order. Improving Schools, 17(1): 30-40

Open Your Mind – the development of an anti-bullying resource for young people to prevent bullying of people with learning disabilities

Researcher(s)

  • Alistair Wilson

Funding

ENABLE Scotland, Scottish Government with University of Glasgow

Schools, teaching and new technologies – development of the use of new technologies in schools to access information on widening access issues

Researcher(s)

  • Alistair Wilson

Funding

Unfunded

Mentoring for looked after children – development of a programme to explore the potential of mentoring as a resource/support for young people who are looked after

Researcher(s)

  • Alistair Wilson

Funding

The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust, Scottish Government/Education Services - Glasgow City Council, MCR Foundation, CELCIS and the University of Strathclyde

Reconsidering the demise of the female tradition in physical education: its legacies and impact upon current practices in physical education for girls

Researcher(s)

Professor David Kirk collaborator with Professor Patricia Vertinsky from the University of British Columbia.

Funding

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014-2018

Publications

Kirk, D and Vertinsky, P (2016, Eds) The Female Tradition in Physical Education: 'Women First' Revisited. London: Routledge

Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from economically disadvantaged households: ‘What works’ and why?  

Researcher(s)

Edward Sosu, Sue Ellis and Ninetta Santoro from the School of Education, along with Steph McKendry from the Widening Access Team developed a successful bid to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to conduct research into widening access initiatives, including the Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) managed by the SFC. Lauren Smith is a research associate on the project.

Read more about this research project.

Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network

Researcher(s)

Our researcher Alastair Wilson is working in partnership with local secondary schools to develop and deliver one-to-one adult mentoring to pupils. The project supports young people from Glasgow who are likely to be the first generation of their families to attend university.

Funding

Big Lottery, Education Services, Glasgow City Council

Find out more about the Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network.

Developing and sustaining an inclusive model of support for children with attachment issues in mainstream primary schools´╗┐

Researcher(s)

  • Lio Moscardini

Funding

Lio has continuing funding from the Robertson Trust for this project.

Read more about this project.

Children and young people’s experiences and views of poverty and inequalities: Policy and practice implications 

Researcher(s)

  • Professor Ninetta Santoro 
  • Dr Daniela Sime
  • Dr Joan Forbes
  • Paul Cosgrove
  • Dr Michele McClung
  • Dr Claire McDiarmid
  • Mr Mark Willis
  • Dr Madeleine Sclater
  • Jennifer Lerpiniere
  • Kristina Moodie
  • Anne Valyo
  • Neil Curtis

Funding

Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2015

The China Club

Researcher(s)

  • Professor Ninetta Santoro
  • Dr Claire Cassidy
  • Fhiona Fisher

Funding: Han Ban, China 2015/16

A MUSE Project: Who Am I? "Who I am": Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Pupils in Glasgow Speak Out

Researcher(s)

Professor Ninetta Santoro is working with Springburn Academy in Glasgow.

Funding

The project is funded by RCUK, 2014 - 2016.

Smart Games, Smart Toys, and Smart Devices for Ecological Research and Assessment of Children  with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reesarcher(s)

Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt is working in collaboration with:

  • Professor Ceclia Laschi
  • Associate Professor Francesca Cecchi, from Pisa
  • Harimata from Kraków, Poland
  • Professor Phil Rowe from the University of Strathclyde
  • Scottish Centre for Autism, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Funding

Research Excellece Award to Maria Ferrara

Learning Patterns of Interaction in Infancy: A cross-cultural motion analysis study of infant social development

Researcher(s)

Jonathan Delafield-Butt is working in collaboration with Professor Koichi Negayama and Professor Phil Rowe.

Funding

The project is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Publications

Negayama, K, Delafield-Butt, JT, Momose, K, Ishijima, K, Kawahara, N, Lux, E, Konstantinos, K (2015) Embodied intersubjective engagement in mother-infant tactile communication: A cross-cultural study of Japanese and Scottish mother-infant behaviours during infant pick-up. Frontiers in Psychology

Intersubjectivity and Mechanisms of Efficacy in Nurture Groups

Researcher(s)

  • Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Funding

Student Excellent Award to Jillian Adie.

Publications

Delafield-Butt, JT & Adie, J (2015/in press) Learning Embodied Narrative Patterns of Meaning-Making: Nurturing human nature in school. University of Crete Annual Psychology Journal.