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Education Pedagogy & curriculum

Policy & practice

Our research connects with the Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute (SIPPI) and focuses on learning and educational policy.

Current research projects

The Literacy Clinic

The Strathclyde Literacy Clinic is an opportunity for our education students to work with primary school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them with their reading and writing.

Find out more about the Literacy Clinic.

Genre pedagogy

Professor Sue Ellis led an international project on genre pedagogy funded by the EU Comenius fund (400,000 Euros).

The Reader in the Book

Vivienne Smith has worked with Glasgow and Cambridge universities on a project, The Reader in the Book - funded by the British Academy´╗┐ - which explores how the role of the reader and reading has changed. She's also worked with the Institute of Education to help build the new Maltese Curriculum.

All members of the team have published academic articles concerned with issues such as genre pedagogy, arts education, storyline, care in education and maths education.

External provision of the school curriculum: Local needs to global networks in Health and Physical Education

Professor David Kirk is working in collaboration with Professor Doune Macdonald from the University of Queensland. Professor Kirk is an Honorary Professor of Human Movement Studies with the University of Queensland.

Funding: Australian Research Council, 2014-2016

Read more about this project.

Adolescent girls valuing the physically active life: An Activist Approach

Professor David Kirk is with Professor Kimberley Oliver from New Mexico State University, Cara Lamb, PhD candidate, and six teachers from Glasgow Schools.

Funding: University of Strathclyde New Professors Fund, August 2015 - June 2016


Oliver, KL and Kirk, D (in press) Transformative pedagogies for challenging body culture in physical education, in Ennis, CD (ed) Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogy. London: Routledge

Oliver, KL and Kirk, D (2015) Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Approach London: Routledge

Luguetti, C, Oliver, K L, Kirk, D & Dantas, L (2015) Exploring an activist approach to working with boys from socially vulnerable backgrounds in a sport context. Sport, Education and Society

Kirk, D and Oliver, KL (2014) The same old story: the reproduction and recycling of a dominant narrative in research on physical education for girls, Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 116, 2. trimestre (abril-junio), pp. 7-22

Oliver, KL and Kirk, D (2014) Towards an activist approach to research and advocacy for girls and physical education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

An Evaluation of the Gaelic Early Years Sector


  • Joanna McPake