Research Staff Interests
Prof Maggie MacLure
Maggie MacLure (MA, DPhil) is Professor of Education. She joined MMU from the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) at the University of East Anglia, where she was Professor of Education and Chair of Research.
She started her career as a researcher on the influential Bristol Language Development Project, and later moved to the National Foundation for Educational Research, where she helped to develop the national framework for the assessment of 'oracy', for the Assessment of Performance Unit. She has continued to carry out research on language and discourse, on a range of topics including classroom talk, secondary school parents' evenings and press representations of educational issues. In her most recent funded research projects she has returned to the study of early childhood education, with two ESRC-funded projects on behaviour in early years classrooms.
Maggie leads the Theory and Methodology Research Group in ESRI, and is the founder and director of the international Summer Institute in Qualitative Research. Her book, Discourse in Educational and Social Research, won the 2004 Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. She is a former member of the Executive Council of the British Educational Research Association.
Theory and methodology in applied social research (especially poststructuralism and deconstruction); art-informed research; discourse analysis; childhoods; language and literacy; affect.
ESRC: Addressing 'problem behaviour' in the early years: an innovative film resource. Co-Director, with Rachel Holmes (2010-11) Project outline
ESRC: Becoming a problem: how and why children acquire a reputation as 'naughty' in the earliest years at school. Co-Director with Liz Jones. (2006-8) Download a copy of this report here:
Esmeé Fairbairn via Cambridge University: Consultancy to Primary Review (with Ian Barron and Rachel Holmes (2007-8)
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council: Young Men’s Health. Director (2005-6)
ESRC: Touchlines: the problematics of 'touching' between children and professionals. Co-Director with Heather Piper and Ian Stronach (2004-5)
ESRC: New Directions in Educational Research Methodology: Rebuilding a Community of Enquiry (2001-3)
ESRC: Secondary School Parents' Evenings (1997-8)
ESRC: Teachers as Researchers in the Context of Award-Bearing Courses & Research Degrees. Co-Director (with J Elliott)
ESRC: The Press, Public Knowledge & Education (1994-5) Employment Department: Knowledge Issues, and the Implications for the Standards Programme at Professional Levels of Competence. Co-Director (1990-1)
ESRC: Teachers' Jobs and Lives. Principal Investigator (1997-9)
MacLure, M. (2003) Discourse in Educational and Social Research. Buckingham: Open University Press order here
Stronach, I. & MacLure, M. (1997) Educational Research Undone: The Postmodern Embrace. Open University Press, Milton Keynes order here
Refereed Journal Articles
MacLure, M. (2013) The Wonder of Data. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies
Jones, L., Osgood, J., Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2014) Eu(rope) (Re)assembling, (Re)casting, and (Re)aligning Lines of De- and Re-territorialisation of Early Childhood. International Review of Qualitative Research 7(1) pp 58-79
Koro-Ljungberg, M. & MacLure, M. (2013) Provocations, re-un-visions, death, and other possibilities of "Data". Editors' introduction. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 13(4) pp 219-222
MacLure. M. (2013) Researching without representation? Language and materiality in post-qualitative methodology. (Special Issue: Post-Qualitative Research) International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 26(6) pp 658-667
MacLure, M. (2013) Promiscuous feminists postscript. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 26(5) pp 625-628
MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. & MacRae, C. (2012) Becoming a problem: behaviour and reputation in the early years classroom. British Educational Research Journal 38(3) pp447-471
MacLure, M. (2011) Qualitative Inquiry: Where are the ruins? Qualitative Inquiry 17(10) pp997-1005
MacLure, M. (2010) The offence of theory. Journal of Education Policy 25, 2: pp 277-286
MacLure, M, Holmes, R, Jones, L. & Macrae, C. (2010) Silence as resistance to analysis. Or, on not opening one's mouth properly. Qualitative Inquiry 16(6) pp 492-500
Jones, L., Holmes, R., Macrae, C. & MacLure, M. (2010) Documenting classroom life: how can I write about what I am seeing? Qualitative Research 10(4) pp 479-491
MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. & Jones, L. (2010) Animating classroom ethnography, overcoming video-fear. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (Special Issue 'Thinking with Deleuze in Qualitative Research') 23(5) pp 543-556
Pearce, C. & MacLure, M. (2009) The wonder of method. International Journal of Research and Method in Education 32(3) pp 249-265
MacLure, M. (2006) The bone in the throat: some uncertain thoughts on baroque method. Qualitative Studies in Education 19(6) pp 729-745 (invited contribution to Special Issue on 'The State of Qualitative Inquiry')
MacLure, M. (2006) A demented form of the familiar: postmodernism and educational research. Journal of Philosophy of Education 40(2) pp 223-239 (reprinted in Bridges, D. & Smith, R.D. (eds) Philosophy, Methodology and Educational Research. Oxford: Blackwell)
MacLure, M. (2005) 'Clarity bordering on stupidity': where's the quality in systematic review? Journal of Education Policy 20(4) pp 393-416 (reprinted in B. Somekh and T. Schwandt (eds) Knowledge Production: Research Work in Interesting Times. London: Routledge)
MacLure, M. & Walker, B. (2000) Disenchanted evenings: the social organisation of parent-teacher consultations in UK secondary schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21(1) pp 5-25
Maclure, M. (2013) Classification or wonder? Coding as an analytic practice in qualitative research, in A. Coleman and J. Ringrose (eds) Deleuze and research methodologies Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp 164-183
MacLure, M. (2013) Foreword, in J. Duncan & L. Conner (eds) Research Partnerships in Early Childhood Education New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Jones. L., Holmes, R. and Maclure, M. (2012) Disturbing cultures of incarceration: resilience, the struggle for normality and the imprisoned family, in J. Duncan & S. Te One (eds) Comparative early childhood education services: international perspectives Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 171-186
Burman, E. & Maclure, M. (2011) Deconstruction, in B. Somekh & C. Lewin, (eds) Theory and Methods in Social Research 2nd edition (revised) London: Sage, pp 286-294
MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. & Macrae, C. (2010) Childhood and the construction of critical research practice, in G. Cannella & L.D. Soto (eds) Childhoods: a handbook New York: Peter Lang, pp 335-345
Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacLure, M. & Macrae, C. (2010) Critical politics of play, in G. Cannella & L.D. Soto (eds) Childhoods: a handbook New York: Peter Lang, pp 291-308
Jones, L., Holmes, R., Macrae, C. & MacLure, M. (2010) 'Improper Children', in N. Yelland (ed) Critical Issues in Early Childhood Buckingham: Open University Press
MacLure, M. (2008) Broken voices, dirty words: on the productive insufficiency of voice, in A. Jackson and L. Mazzei (eds) Voice in Qualitative Inquiry: challenging conventional, interpretive, and critical conceptions in qualitative research. London: Routledge
MacLure, M. (2007) Interrogating the discourse of home-school relations, in M. Hammersley (ed) Educational Research and Evidence-Based Practice. London: Sage
MacLure, M. (2006) Entertaining doubts: on frivolity as resistance, in J. Satterthwaite, W. Martin & L. Roberts (eds) Discourse, Resistance and Identity Formation. London: Trentham
MacLure, M. (2004) Women, writing, theory: 'a contradiction in terms'? in H. Piper and I. Stronach (eds) Educational Research: Difference and Diversity Cardiff: Ashgate.
Burman, E. and MacLure, M. (2004) Deconstruction as a method of research, in Somekh, B. & Lewin, C. (eds) Research Methods in the Social Sciences London: Sage
Stronach, I. & MacLure, M. (2004) Foreword, in Coombes, P., Danaher , M. & Danaher, P.A. (eds) Strategic Uncertainties: Ethics, Politics and Risk in Contemporary Educational Research Queensland, Aus: Post Pressed, pp ix xii.
Walker, B. and MacLure, M. (2004) Home-school partnerships in practice, in Crozier, G. & Reay, D. (eds) Activating Participation: Parents and Teachers Working Towards Partnership. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham
MacLure, M. (2002) Postmodernism: a postscript, in C. Day et al (eds) Theory and Practice in Action Research Oxford: Symposium
Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2010) Addressing 'Problem Behaviour' in the Early Years: An Innovative Film Resource. End of Award Report to the Economic And Social Research Council.
Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. & Browne, K. (2010) An Evaluation of the Mother and Baby Unit at HM Prison Styal. Action for Children
Maclure, M. & Torrance, H. (May 2010) Consultancy Report on the 'Social Brain and the Curriculum' Royal Society of Arts 18pp
MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. & MacRae, C. (2009) Becoming a Problem: how and why children acquire a reputation as 'naughty' in the earliest years at school. End of Award Report to the Economic and Social Research Council
Barron, I., Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2008) Primary Schools and other Agencies (Primary Review Research Survey 8/2) Cambridge: University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures
Qualitative inquiry: where are the ruins? Keynote Presentation to the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, University of Auckland, December 2010
'Love, Lust, Lies' and 'Talkin'': Conversing into 21st Century Feminist Research. Invited contributor. School of Education, Deakin University, November, 2010
Keynote speaker, University of Birmingham Research Student Conference, July 2010
Invited speaker, 'The Theory Question in Education and the Education Question in Theory', Laboratory for Educational Theory, School of Education, University of Stirling, March, 2008
The bone in the throat: some thoughts on baroque method.Invited Keynote to the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide, 2006
Invited Keynote to Discourse, Power & Resistance Conference, University of Plymouth, 2005
Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences
MacLure, M, Holmes, R, Jones, L and MacRae, C. (2007) Silence and humour as resistance to analysis. Paper Presented to American Educational Research Association, Chicago
Research methods. Parental involvement. Discourse analysis. Language and power. Early childhood education.
Areas of Post-graduate Supervision
Home computing in a migrant community; art education; student writing for professional development; workplace learning; anorexia and the body; personal geographies.