Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education
CSPACE brings together a community of researchers, practitioners, students, young people and service users from a range of disciplines and contexts to explore practice and culture across a wide spectrum of education settings. All research-facing staff, the work, the bids, the activity goes through CSPACE in the faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS).
CSPACE supports the development and fruition of the research ideas of BCU staff, students and people from the communities that the University serves. A central principle of CSPACE is that practice-based research is a key aspect of the professional identity of health and education practitioners. Practitioner research is a vital form of knowledge production that needs to be fed back into the policy-making cycle.
We explore the everyday dynamics of health and education wherever it occurs:
- in the formal, compulsory and non-compulsory, sectors
- or in voluntary, private, complementary or ‘wraparound’ services.
Our priority is to enable the communities we work with to become research engaged, knowledge producing, self-transforming and sustainable. We are committed to collaborative approaches to research that blur traditional boundaries between researchers and ‘the researched’. We foster collaborative and participatory projects. Our approach is most definitely ‘research with’ rather than research ‘on’.
CSPACE is an inclusive, playful, experimental research collective. CSPACE supports innovative and creative approaches to research whilst maintaining academic rigour and engaging with theory. CSPACE interacts closely and dynamically with the University’s community of nationally renowned practitioner education programmes.
Visit the CSPACE blog to to read about our current research projects.
See what our current PhD students are researching in our PhD Digital Stories.