Members of the Sheffield Institute of Education carry out research and knowledge exchange activity that aims to improve policy and practice locally, regionally and internationally. We work with academic partners within and outside Sheffield Hallam University, and with key partners including charities, educational settings and education systems leaders to do research with real-world social and economic impact and to translate research into education practice and policy. Across the Institute, we also work to improve student experience through research.
Our work focuses on four main areas:
Curriculum, pedagogy and learning
Improving access and outcomes for learners from Early Years to Higher Education. Our researchers have particular strengths in Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Science Education, health and wellbeing in educational contexts, and formal and informal learning about gender, sex and sexualities.
Policy and professional learning
Supporting the effectiveness of the educational workforce. We have a strong focus on professional learning and the professional lives of teachers and educational workers in all phases of education, working across settings with education professionals and leaders on research, professional development and curriculum development to improve practice. Key focuses include professional development leadership, models of professional learning and mentoring; and the key features of effective professional learning, including evidence-informed practice.
Promoting social justice
Addressing disadvantage, discrimination and oppression experienced in educational contexts. We research educational practices that foster social justice, including focuses on autism, the impact of racism on educational outcomes and experience; the life-experiences of LGBTQ+ young people and adults; higher education participation and student experience; and problematising concepts, constructions and experiences of youth and disability.
Theoretical and methodological innovation
We understand the need for theoretical and methodological innovation across a wide range of methodologies to improve educational research.