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Transformative education

Transformative education

WELS research results in transformative educational experiences. Our signature expertise concerns the development of inclusive, research rich pedagogies which are shaping visions of education and enabling all learners to realise their full potential and enrich their learning journeys. ​

In the context of our multiple award-winning participatory programmes of international teacher education (English in Action project scoops top award for international impact; International projects category: award winner) we have developed pedagogies of mutuality, and models of sustainable change, that are providing innovative solutions, at scale, to the challenges the global community faces in promoting, expanding and improving teacher education − in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, China and, most recently, in Bangladesh and India.​ English in Action (EIA); TESSA

Such pedagogies and models of change also underpin our accelerated and scale-able healthcare education and training programme HEAT for frontline healthcare workers across sub-Saharan Africa. ​

WELS research is also generating important insights into the opportunities for fulfilling and personally meaningful learning beyond formal education – for instance, online, in clubs, in homes and in museum spaces. The large European participatory, inclusive research project ARCHES (deploying multi-sensory technologies) is, for example, enabling people with differences and difficulties associated with perception, memory, cognition and communication to explore cultural heritage sites – sites that had previously been inaccessible to them​.

Find out more about our two research clusters: RITES (Research into International Teaching and Education for Sustainable development) and PAL (Pedagogy and Learning).