Childhood, families and community
The Childhood, Families and Community research group studies the experience of childhood, combining insights from research into child development with an understanding of the context embedded nature of development.
Our researchers are interested in the experiences of children in their families and communities including their educational communities and environments. Within our developmental strand we have particular interests around the development of language and literacy, including the nature of children’s literature and the applications and affordances that technology can bring to learning.
Allied to this is a strong emphasis on provision and entitlements for children with special educational needs. Some of our researchers focus on the environmental aspects of learning such as the educational opportunities of outdoor learning. Others focus on the sociological and philosophical dimensions of childhood considering historical perspectives on childhood and contemporary positions on children’s rights and voice within society.