School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR


The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with education in all its pedagogical and social complexity. The interests of members span local, national and international contexts and a range of formal and informal settings, running from Early Years to Higher Education and including Initial Teacher Education. 

The Centre's strapline is  Making Connections, reflecting its focus on bringing research, theory, policy and practice together with a view to promoting positive change. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms.

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Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 9-10am
Venue: Ground floor meeting room (behind reception), Essex House

CTLR will be running a breakfast club between 9 and 10am every Thursday until the end of term. The aim is to allow us to talk more about what we are doing and how we can work together. Sessions will run on the following dates: 

  • 14 & 21 November - Ground floor meeting room (behind reception), Essex House
  • 28 November, 5 & 12 December: Room 108, Essex House. 

Croissants will be provided but please bring your own drink.  

We will use our first meeting to talk about conferences, including TEAN. No need to say you are attending and all are very welcome.



Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: Room 108 (first floor), Essex House
Speaker: Dr Jean Hopman, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Researching Teacher Emotional Rules

- Breakfast Club: 9-10am
- Refreshment break: 10-10.30am
- Workshop: 10.30am-12pm



Date: Wednesday 16 December 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: Seminar Room 18, ground floor, Essex House




Date: TBC
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: Room 107, Fulton
Speaker: Brian Hudson, Emeritus Professor, Department of Education, University of Sussex
Title: Epistemic Quality for Equitable Access to Quality Education across School Subjects 

In this seminar, Professor Hudson will draw on outcomes of the Joint Action in Didactics in Europe (JADE) project that has aimed to address the challenges of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. In particular he will draw on outcomes from case studies across school subjects in three different national contexts (Scotland, France and Germany) carried out over recent years. The case studies focussed on mathematics, physical education and first language teaching.

With regard to ensuring equitable access to quality education, Professor Hudson argues that there is a need to consider the 'epistemic quality' of what students come to know, make sense of and be able to do in school. Accordingly, the aim is maximise the chances that all pupils will have 'epistemic access' to education of high epistemic quality which he will illuminate in the seminar. The studies have been broadly based within the theoretical framework of Joint Action Theory in Didactics (JATD) and associated research questions have focussed on the quality of teacher-student(s) joint action and on the epistemic quality of the content.

Background to the project can be found in the following recently published paper:
Hudson, B. (2019): 'Epistemic Quality for Equitable Access to Quality Education in School Mathematics', Journal of Curriculum Studies

Check out our Annual Report ...

CTLR Annual Report 2018/19 cover imageFind out what CTLR members have been doing over the last 12 months in our 2018/19 Annual Report.


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer