The School of Education serves the Education community and has strong local and global networks. It is important to the primary, secondary and tertiary teaching communities of Scotland and beyond through the provision of both high quality initial and in-service teacher education and continuing professional development programmes. The School has expertise in teacher and lecturer education; workplace education and lifelong learning; English language teaching; the continuing development of professionals engaged in educating others; the education of new researchers; and research and consultancy services. Our research focuses on curriculum making and learning; educational theory and professional and vocational practice and learning.
The School of Education at Stirling is a field leader in educational research. We have an outstanding record for research across sectors of formal education and lifelong learning at both local, national and international levels. Our specialisms are organised in two broad groups:
(1) Curriculum and Pedagogy (including: Citizenship, participation and rights; Curriculum-making and emerging pedagogies; Language and learning; and Philosophy of education); and (2) Professional Education and Leadership (including Professional/interprofessional learning; Professional leadership; and Digitalisation of professional education). The School of Education also hosts the international network ProPEL (research in Professional Practice, Education and Learning) and its bi-annual international research conference.
Our research is undertaken with teams of researchers and students with global reputations for the quality of their work and knowledge exchange. Our achievement has been recognised in the most recent United Kingdom Research Excellence Framework where 96% of our research was rated as of world-leading and international quality. We are one of the few Schools of Education in the UK that fosters research in a wide range of contexts, including workplace learning, further, adult and community education, digital education, citizen science and environmental learning, as well as schools and higher education.
The School offers research programmes for PhD, EdD, and MRes, and provides rigorous cohort-based research training for all students. Our programmes are targeted at professional educators in the broadest sense: for example, teachers and lecturers; nurse educators; police educators; health professionals; social workers; volunteer trainers; and those involved in workplace education and training roles. Research students in the School of Education at Stirling get to develop their own special topics in a world-leading research culture. We are part of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre and Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and work with a range of other university and community partners to create a vibrant atmosphere of research and learning opportunities.
We regularly welcome international visiting scholars to the School, who bring with them particular expertise in their chosen fields, and we also participate in all major educational research conferences. We are a rich and diverse School where staff and students build lasting academic relationships.
Professor Mark Priestley
Deputy Head of School, School of Education