Theory, Methodology and Knowledge Production Research Group

Research projects

The group’s work feeds into the design and conduct of all ESRI projects. Projects with a particular focus on theory or innovative methods include two linked studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council: Becoming a Problem: How Children Develop a Reputation as ‘Naughty’ in the Earliest Years at School (Maggie MacLure, Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes), and >Addressing 'Problem Behaviour' in the Early Years: An Innovative Film Resource (Rachel Holmes, Maggie MacLure). These projects developed theoretical resourcesfor understanding the cultural, bodily and emotional ‘discipline’ of young children starting school, and resulted in an experimental film that challenges conventional assumptions.

Interdisciplinarity The group is committed to developing interdisciplinary theory and arts-informed research, with projects including an AHRC-funded study, The Secret Life of Objects: An Artist Residency in an Early Years Classroom (Christina MacRae), and two ESRC-funded seminar series: Un-easy Childhoods: Innovating Theory, Practices and Ethics through Interdisciplinary Research (Rachel Holmes) and New Perspectives on Education and Culture (Kim Allen and others). An exhibition, Curiosity and Classification: Objects as Incitements to Theory brought together artists, qualitative researchers and delegates at the 2011 Summer Institute in Qualitative Research. The 2013 Summer Institute included a one-day event involving visual artists, musicians, film theorists and qualitative researchers, Provocations, Improvisations: Encounters between Art and Qualitative Research (Rachel Holmes).

The Centre for Research in Science and Mathematics Education is involved in important work at the intersection of maths education theory and qualitative inquiry and hosts an annual international conference of leading theorists, Mathematics Education and Contemporary Theory