Dr Gregory Mannion

Senior Lecturer

Education University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Gregory Mannion

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About me

SHORT BIO I have spent all of my professional career in education. First, I taught as a primary school teacher in Ireland for ten years between 1986- 1996. Whilst a teacher, I designed in-service environmental education CPD using the outdoors as the key educational context. My own doctorate at University of Stirling (completed 1999) looked at pupils’ participation in changing outdoor places. Since then I have worked as a researcher and senior lecturer and I now work in the Faculty of Social Sciences - Education. Currently, I teach on the EdD, MRes (Educational Research) and on the Initial Teacher Education programme (primary); I supervise students at masters and doctorate level.

RESEARCH INTERESTS My substantive research interests include: young people's participation in change, the place-related dimensions of learning and human-environment interaction, outdoor and environmental learning, education for sustainable development and global citizenship, rights-based education, citizen science & learning, intergenerational /child-adult relations, learners’ experiences of formal and non-formal education, visual and participatory research. I take a broadly 'new materialist' approach to ontological and epistemological issues in research.

LINK Profile / Papers Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg-Mannion

FUNDING I have received funding as PI or Co-PI from various government bodies and councils. I have gained funding for three doctoral candidates (ESRC and charity funding).

To date, major project funding (over £2M) for studies has come from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council.

Other funding Bodies: Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Government, Generations Working Together, Ernest Cook Trust, Learning through Landscapes.

PROJECTS Past Project Examples:

Teaching Learning and Play in the Outdoors https://www.nature.scot/naturescot-commissioned-report-779-teaching-learning-and-play-outdoors-survey-school-and-pre-school

Literacies for Learning in Further Education: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lflfe/description/introduction.htm

Current project example:

GOALD: Connectivity and Digital Design for Health and Well-being Across Generations, Places and Spaces https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/centre-for-health-technology/goald

DOCTORAL RESEARCH Some of my current / recently completed doctoral students and their focal areas are noted here:

Polli:Nation Project: Environmental education via citizen science and conservation - Andy Ruck, GfL - charity funded. [Successfully defended]

Patrizio deRossi (ESRC funded) has submitted and defended his thesis on active play in lower secondary schools.

Armed forces' children's experience of education - Evelyn Cook, RCET charity /ESRC funded. [Successfully defended]

Photographs and their role in supporting learning - Matthew Sowerby. (Part-time PhD)

Education in Outdoor Settings: The role of the teacher in more-than-human curriculum making - this recent study was completed by Jonathan Lynch (Successfully defended)

The role of the school nurse is being researched by Alison Hackett (Supervision led by K Stoddart in Health Sciences)

Will Smith has been researching National Park Visitor Behaviour and Capercaillie Conservation - (ESRC funded) (Co supervised with Prof Nils Bunnefeld, Natural Sciences)

Anastasia Fjodorova is researching the experiences of students and staff of fine arts degrees (Co-supervised with Dr M Michael)

Carol Gallagher is researching the role of arts-based provisions outdoors for women who are prison-experienced (Co-supervised with Dr M Michael)

Kevin Judge is researching the social practice of bridge playing through the lifecourse (First Supervisor is Professor C Hennessy) (Funded by English Bridge Education and Development) Related PI is Prof S Punch.

Research (14)

Some of my substantive research interests include: the place-related dimensions of learning and human-environment interaction, outdoor and environmental learning, education for sustainable development and global citizenship, rights-based education, citizen science learning, child-adult relations, learners’ experienes of formal and non-formal education, visual and participatory research methods. I take a broadly 'new materialist' approach to ontological and epistemological issues in research.    I currently supervise a number of doctoral researchers. Some of my current students and their general focal areas are listed here: 

Polli:Nation Project: Environmental education via citizen science and conservation - Andy Ruck, GfL - charity funded.  Activity levels and play in lower secondary school - Patrizio deRossi, ESRC funded. Armed forces' children's experience of education  - Evelyn Cook, RCET charity /ESRC  funded. Photographs and their role in supporting learning  - Matthew Sowerby. (Part-time PhD) Planning and enacting outdoor learning: considerations of place - Jonathan Lynch The role of the school nurse  - Alison Hackett (Supervision led by K Stoddart in Health Sciences) National Park Visitor Behaviour and Capercaillie Conservation - Will Smith (ESRC funded) (Co supervised with Prof Nils Bunnefeld, Natural Sciences)

Projects

Chitetetzo: improving adolescent road safety and reducing road traffic collisions
PI: Professor Edward Duncan
Funded by: Medical Research Council

GOALD: Connectivity and Digital Design for Health and Well-being Across Generations, Places and Spaces
PI: Professor Catherine Hennessy
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Teaching, Learning and Play in the Outdoors 2020 (TLPO) - A Scottish Cross-sectional Sequential Survey
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scottish Natural Heritage

Participation in Decision Making in Educational Settings: beyond learner voice and pupil councils
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Delegates - Conferences

Learner Participation in Educational Settings: Supporting and researching policy implementation in in the pilot phase
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scottish Government

Guidance for Educators on the Participation of Children and Young People
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Education Scotland

Teaching, Learning and Play in the Outdoors: a national survey of provisions in schools and pre-schools
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scottish Natural Heritage

Making Sense of Place: supporting schools to develop geocache trails for place-responsive science education
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: The Primary Science Teaching Trust

How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scotlands Commissioner For Children & Young People

Stories in the Land
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: The Ernest Cook Trust

HEA Curriculum for Excellence Scholarship Scheme
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Higher Education Academy

Scoping a Framework for Children and Young People's Participation in Scotland
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scotlands Commissioner For Children & Young People

Teaching in Nature
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scottish Natural Heritage

Intergenerational Place-based Education: where schools, communities and nature meet
PI: Dr Gregory Mannion
Funded by: Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice

Outputs (53)

Outputs

Article

Lee E, de Lannoy L, Li L, de Barros MIA, Bentsen P, Brussoni M, Fiskum TA, Guerrero M, Hallås BO, Ho S, Jordan C, Leather M, Mannion G, Moore SA, Sandseter EBH, Spencer NLI, Waite S, Wang P & Tremblay MS (2022) Play, Learn, and Teach Outdoors-Network (PLaTO-Net): terminology, taxonomy, and ontology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19 (1), Art. No.: 66. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-022-01294-0

Book Chapter

Kraftl P, McKenzie M, Gulson K, Accioly I, Blackmore J, Burke C, Perrotta C, Clarke DAG, Daniels H, Olmo Fregoso Bailon R, Goodyear V, Goodyear P, Gunasekara I, Hartong S & Mannion G (2022) Learning spaces: built, natural and digital considerations for learning and learners [Reimagining Education: The International Science and Evidence based Education Assessment.]. In: Duraiappah AK, van Atteveldt NM, Borst G, Bugden S, Ergas O, Gilead T, Gupta L, Mercier J, Pugh K, Singh NC & Vickers EA (eds.) Reimagining Education: The International Science and Evidence based Education Assessment. New Dehli: UNESCO, pp. 452-549. https://d1c337161ud3pr.cloudfront.net/files%2F8469b7d1-c42d-446c-97f5-87775cf28f49_ISEE%20Assessment%20-%20Working%20Group%203.pdf

Book Chapter

Stevenson RB, Mannion G & Evans N (2018) Childhoodnature Pedagogies and Place: An Overview and Analysis. In: Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles A, Malone K & Barratt Hacking E (eds.) Research Handbook on Childhoodnature; Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51949-4_76-1

Book Chapter

Mannion G & Lynch J (2016) The primacy of place in education in outdoor settings. In: Humberstone B, Prince H & Henderson K (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 85-94. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138782884

Book Chapter

Mannion G (2016) Intergenerational Education and Learning: We Are In A New Place. In: Punch S, Vanderbeck R R & Skelton T (eds.) Family, Intergenerationality and Peer-Group Relations. Geographies of Children and Young People, 5. London: Springer, pp. 1-21. http://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-981-4585-92-7

Book Chapter

Mannion G (2015) Towards Glocal Pedagogies: Some Risks Associated with Education for Global Citizenship and How Glocal Pedagogies Might Avoid Them. In: Friedman J, Haverkate V, Oomen B, Park E & Sklad M (eds.) Going Glocal in Higher Education: the theory, teaching and measurement of global citizenship. Middelburg, The Netherlands: University College Roosevelt, pp. 19-34.

Book Chapter

Mannion G & Gilbert J (2014) Place-responsive Intergenerational Education. In: Vanderbeck RM R & Worth N (eds.) Intergenerational Space. Routledge Studies in Human Geography, 50. London: Routledge, pp. 228-241. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415855310

Research Report

Mannion G (2013) Career-­long Professional Learning for Teaching Outdoors. Higher Education Academy. A Curriculum for Excellence Scholarship Project: Strengthening Partnerships Across Scotland’s Education Sectors (SPASES). Online.

Research Report

Mannion G (2012) Children and Young People's Participation in Scotland: Frameworks, standards and principles for practice - SUMMARY [Children and Young People’s Participation in Scotland: Frameworks, standards and principles for practice (Summary Report)]. Scotlands Commissioner For Children & Young People. -, -. Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People. http://www.sccyp.org.uk/downloads/Adult%20Reports/Children__YPs_Participation_-_Summary_Report.pdf

Article

Ross H & Mannion G (2012) Curriculum Making as the Enactment of Dwelling in Places. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 31 (3), pp. 303-313. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-84861005663&md5=51378b76c0fac457609d9e2751ae89ae; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11217-012-9295-6

Research Report

Mannion G, Fenwick A, Nugent C & I'Anson J (2011) Teaching in nature. Commissioned Report, 476. Inverness: Scottish Natural Heritage. http://www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/publications/search-the-catalogue/publication-detail/?id=1839

Book Chapter

Priestley M, Mannion G, Biesta G & Ross H (2010) Education in a Global Space: The Framing of 'Education for Citizenship'. In: Wisely T, Barr I, Britton A & King B (eds.) Education in a Global Space: Research and Practice in Initial Teacher Education. Edinburgh: International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS)/SCOTDEC, pp. 27-36. http://www.seedsforlearning.org.uk/product/930

Article

Edwards R, Ivanic R & Mannion G (2009) The scrumpled geography of literacies for learning. Discourse, 30 (4), pp. 483-499. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-70949094083&md5=73172ecf60bd784d4ccd156a65eb807d; https://doi.org/10.1080/01596300903237248

Authored Book

Ivanic R, Edwards R, Barton D, Martin-Jones M, Fowler Z, Hughes B, Mannion G, Miller K, Satchwell C & Smith J (2009) Improving Learning in College: Rethinking Literacies Across the Curriculum. Improving Learning. London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415469128/

Research Report

Mannion G, Sankey K, Doyle L & Mattu L (2007) Young people’s interaction with natural heritage through outdoor learning. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, (ROAME No. F06AB03), 225. Inverness: Scottish Natural Heritage. http://www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/publications/search-the-catalogue/publication-detail/?id=877

Book Chapter

Mannion G (2005) Education and Learning for Social Inclusion. In: Barry M (ed.) Youth Policy and Social Inclusion: Critical Debates with Young People. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis (Routledge), pp. 73-91.

Book Chapter

Mannion G & I'Anson J (2002) Beyond the Disneyesque: does children’s participation alter the state of adults’ learning?. In: Murphy M, Edwards R, Gray P, Morgan-Klein B & Tett L (eds.) Cultures, Communities and Citizens: the Altered States of Adult Education: Papers from the 32nd Annual Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults. Stirling: University of Stirling.

Book Review

Mannion G (2001) Learning communities in education. Review of: Learning Communities in Education. Edited by John Retallick, Barry Cocklin and Kennece Coombe. London and New York: Routledge. 1999. 297pp. ISBN 0-415-1976-0.. British Journal of Educational Studies, 49 (1), pp. 102-103. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8527.t01-1-00165