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Education Futures

Education Futures is at the forefront of research regarding contemporary and future pedagogies, informed by understandings of policy and practice within both national and international contexts. Our signature expertise relates to: creative and inclusive pedagogies, pedagogies of participation and mutuality, international teacher development and ICT in schools.

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9th April 2022

Pedagogy and Learning (PAL)

PaL represents the strong tradition within the faculty for a socio-cultural understanding of learning. Our expertise and interest involves a variety of qualitative methods, including ethnography, participatory approaches, discourse analysis and historical investigation. Our methodological work focuses on philosophical and practical issues, including the role of research communities, and the relationship between research, policy-making and practice.

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9th April 2022

EC@OU (Education and Childhood research group)

We explore and promote high quality Early Childhood Education and Care for all children and those supporting them in different capacities. We engage in research and teaching to extend knowledge and understanding about Early Childhood. Our research creates a space for critical reflection about values, beliefs and practical realities including social justice, advocacy, the nature of high-quality experiences and children’s rights. Through our research we challenge everyday narratives and assumptions around children’s capabilities, experiences, practitioners and the provision of services to make meaningful connections between communities of practice..

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9th April 2022


Ed-ICT is an international network that brings together practitioners and researchers to share perspectives and bring about solutions on a world-wide scale.

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9th April 2022

Our Story

Reading, even in the digital age, is probably one of the most important skills that children acquire. It can be an important source of pleasure which also develops vital language and social skills. It is fundamental to most school activities, it can also open up new worlds and give access to the wealth of human knowledge.

Visit the Contemporary Youth Cultures and Transitions website

9th April 2022

Talk Factory

Use TalkFactory to help your class develop their talking and listening skills.

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8th April 2022

Your Own Technology Survey

The Your Own Technology Survey is an initiative to help schools better understand the technology available to their students, and how that technology might be utilized to enhance educational outcomes.

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8th April 2022


In the Rumpus research group, we explore what fun is. We are an interdisciplinary group, with expertise in childhood studies, psychology, educational futures, learning analytics, learning design, innovative pedagogies, international development, and mechanical engineering.

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8th April 2022

Centre for Literacy and Social Justice

Grounded in The Open University’s historic legacy in respect of education and social justice, the Centre for Literacy and Social Justice is building systemic, collaborative capacity – within and between teachers, schools and homes – in order to address inequalities in children’s literacy experiences through research and practice.

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8th April 2022

Reading for Pleasure

Our research, a two phase Open University and UK Literacy Association project, examined children’s and teachers’ reading lives, and established effective ways to support Reading for Pleasure (RfP).

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8th April 2022

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Research enquiries

PGR student enquiries phone: +44(0)1908 658188


Jun 16

Open Thanatology Inaugural Conference: 16 & 17 June 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 13:00 to Friday, June 17, 2022 - 14:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes & Online

Contact: Dr Joseph De Lappe

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