Our Faculty’s academic community is at the forefront of research regarding pedagogies equipped to support learners for the future, informed by understandings of policy and practice within both national and international contexts. We are externally recognised for our expertise in the following areas: the transformative use of technology in schools and teacher education; pedagogies of participation/inclusive pedagogies; early childhood pedagogy; international teacher development; and new models of assessment/leadership. Learners’ voices, agency and rights are nurtured through research, and the Children’s Research Centre empowers children and young people as researchers to undertake rigorous research on issues that matter to them.
The Lifelong Learning in Further and Higher Education (LiFHE) research group have a specific focus on all aspects of teaching, learning, researching and working in Further, Adult, Community, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.
Mathematical resilience refers to the attitudes and behaviours which together enable people to learn mathematics in a psychologically healthy way. Teaching for mathematical resilience is a challenge to rebalance planning and actions as teachers, and others such as coaches or parents, in order to promote a psychologically healthy mathematics learning environment. Helping learners to become more mathematically resilient requires the application of positive psychology to teaching mathematics. The Open University's holds cross-Faculty expertise about Maths Resilience and hosts annual events.
The Open Languages Research Group focuses on language learning and teaching in a range of contexts. The activity takes place in five main areas: technology-enhanced language learning, language learning, language teaching, intercultural competence, as well as education policy and practice.
The RUMPUS Research Group's key area of research is about how fun relates to learning and education.