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 research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts, official and informal. It places particular emphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion.

The Centre has exceptional expertise in professional learning, collaborative practitioner enquiry and in investigating the relationship between theory, practice and policy from Early Years to Higher Education contexts and settings.

Launched: Sussex Research NetworkSussex Research Network

Recently launched, the Sussex Research Network: Schools-University Partnership will engage schools in researching their own practice, learn from research, and engage in large-scale research projects with university-based colleagues.

Professor Colleen McLaughlin, Head of the Department of Education at the University of Sussex and leader of the partnership, said: “This form of partnership is a central plank in building worthwhile education. Working together in this way is an exciting and natural development of good links between schools and the Department. I am sure we will be the model for new forms of working in education."

See more about the Sussex Research Network.

Latest CTLR News:

New study encourages the development of mathematical thinking in primary classroomsProfessor Brian Hudson

Education researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Dundee have been involved in a project which has had a transformational and emancipatory impact on the primary school teachers involved and promoted the development of mathematical thinking in the primary classroom.

The research, undertaken as part of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence reform, highlighted ways in which the ‘framing’ of particular aspects of the traditional curriculum had an oppressive impact on learners, suppressing creativity and limiting learner autonomy.  It also showed that a number of teachers had experienced mathematics as a school subject in very negative ways.

Professor Brian Hudson,Head of the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex, worked on the study with colleagues Dr Sheila Henderson and Dr Alison Hudson from the University of Dundee. Together they found that a focus on developing mathematical thinking in the primary classroom led to the liberation of students and teachers as learners of mathematics.

The research study, supported by the Scottish Government, was conducted with a group of practising primary school teachers in north-east Scotland.

The team will present a paper on their findings at the Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (TEPE 2015)  at the University of Dundee in May.   

Highlights from the UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association) Conference at Sussex

See details of other CTLR research projects - current and past - on our Research pages

Latest featured publication

See piece byHead of the School of Education and Social Work, Professor Brian Hudson - and co-authors S.Henderson & A.Hudson - in the Journal of Curriculum Studies published this week: 'Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Primary Classroom: Liberating teachers and students as learners of Mathematics'.

Upcoming events

Date: Monday 9th February, 2015
Speaker: Dr Judith Harford - University College, Dublin & Dr Peter Gray - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Title: Emerging as a Teacher: Student teachers reflect on their professional identity

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The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) at the University of Sussex

RT @edujdw: The Carter Review of ITT is out: does it go far enough? my initial thoughts.

Pls RT: CTLR Event Mon 9 Feb Student teachers reflect on prof IDs in mirror of exp as pupils…

RT @HampdenThompson: Graduation Day @SussexUni. Congratulations to all our graduands. @SussexCTLR @SussexGrad

Jacqui Shepherd @autisticdays presented research on Autism & educational transitions to @cdpfederation governors

RT @JenSDoyle: @HampdenThompson @SussexCTLR @MillaisAlliance Thanks for a great meeting Gill, really looking forward to working with you on this project.

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Key Contacts

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton

Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant:
Jessica Gagnon
Room 131, Essex House
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
T: +44 (0)1273 872601

CTLR Annual Report 2013/14

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