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Childhood and Youth

This area covers any research that includes children.  Applications come from professionals working directly with children and young people in a variety of contexts such as education and community work.  People also apply who are working in related professions such as mentoring or have an interest in childhood and youth through more informal contexts such as volunteering.  Many of the research studies students focus upon directly involve children and young people or they are based around the professional services that support children.  Research usually focuses upon the social processes of development and provides an opportunity for you to research the contribution of social relationships to education in different contexts.  The area supports research starting from a broad sociocultural perspective with studies focusing upon relationships and cultural contexts. Your choice of research will depend on your professional concerns and interests as well as your reading of the literature. Other questions may emerge from thinking about your own practical experiences and professional responsibilities. For example, you might be interested in how parents and carers adapt the way they support their children’s development depending on the children’s age and ability, or how different strategies modify children’s contributions in different situations. Alternatively, you might be interested in the strategies employed by a group of children as they work together to solve a problem or complete a task.

Examples of successful EdD theses

  • Ringing with voices: ‘guided participation’ during the literacy hour
  • Sociodramatic play and child development
  • An exploration of the ethnic identities of a group of three and four-year-old children
  • Bounded, belonging and becoming: primary school children’s perspectives of education and learning in the South Wales valleys