Generating alternative discourses of childhood as a resource for educational policy making

Lead Research Organisation: Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Name: Faculty of Education

Abstract

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Publications

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Holmes R (2013) Flesh, Wax, Horse Skin, and Hair The Many Intensities of Data in Cultural Studies ? Critical Methodologies

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Holmes R (2013) Limitless provocations of the 'safe', 'secure' and 'healthy' child in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

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Jones L (2011) Children and objects: affection and infection in Early Years

 
Description Advances in interdisciplinary qualitative research
Critical interdisciplinary research
The seminar series opened up opportunities to trial new approaches to interdisciplinary qualitative research, offering spaces to engage differently with empirical materials and redevelop tools for analysis. The series caused useful disturbances to the theoretical and methodological tranquility of traditionally discrete disciplines and the conventional theory/practice divide.

Rethinking childhood and education
The seminar series created a critical forum to discuss ways to engage with children. For example, new collaborations with the Leader of Stockport Family Services, Principal Manager for Learning at Manchester City Galleries and Director of Manchester Museum continue to bring together the theoretical and empirical landscapes of early childhood across the arts, education, social care and health.

New research capacity through interdisciplinary networks

Cross-research institute working
Interdisciplinary research capacity has been developed, e.g. across Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) Research Institutes in Education, Health and Social Change and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design; and with international partners in Oslo and Akershus University, Norway (Dr Otterstad); Oulu University, Finland (Dr Rautio); Stockholm University, Sweden (Professor Lenz Taguchi); and Deakin University, Australia (Professor Dixon).

Multi-faculty networking
New networks of arts and social science academics have been established from MMU, the University of Sheffield (Dr Williams), University of Salford (Dr Ingelson), University of Chester (Professor Garrett) and the University of West England (Dr Eke). These academics educate UG and PG students alongside practitioners in their field. The network is looking how cross-professional working might impact practice via the facilitation of seminars; workshops; postgraduate research programmes; funding opportunities.
Exploitation Route Cross-disciplinary academics with an interest in childhood
The Special Journal Issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education reached a wide social science readership with an interest in childhood. Jones' invitations to Norway 2012 and Finland 2012 demonstrated impact on those academics who extended the invites, namely Kristiina Brunila, Pauliina Rautio, Hans Jørgen Braathe and Ann Merete Otterstad.

Academics with an interest in developing innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies
The range of academic papers published and conference presentations made, a range of international and interdisciplinary conference attendees and journal article readers have engaged with this methodological work.

Invitations to seminars and other events dedicated to methodological innovation, for example the 'Developing feminist post-constructivist qualitative research methodologies' symposium event, Stockholm 2013 demonstrated impact on those academics who extended the invites, namely Professor Hillevi Lenz Taguchi and Dr Anna Palmer.

Delegates at Summer Institute in Qualitative Research (SIQR 2011, 2015, 2017)

The 'Curiosity and Classification: Objects as Incitements to Theory' (July 2011) and Provocations, Improvisations: Encounters between Art and Qualitative Research', (July 2013) exhibitions are open to all delegates who attended SIQR, which typically has 150 delegates, from 25 countries (including India, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe).

All these dissemination and impact events suggested a thirst for us to share our findings and discuss ways this interdisciplinary work was already and could further be put to use by others nationally and internationally.
Sectors Education

 
Description Chattering Nineteen to the Dozen (CND)
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Bradford Metropolitan District Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 04/2013
 
Description Object lessons: encouraging children's language through actively engaging with museum and art gallery artifacts
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Manchester Art Gallery 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Description A Research-Informed, Cross-professional Collaboration 
Organisation Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Growing out of the ESRC Seminar Series, a creative collaboration between the Education and Social Research Institute, two other MMU Research Institutes and senior representatives / practitioners from children?s services in Stockport LA has been established to work on a further interdisciplinary activities. This collaboration is informed by our commitment to innovative interdisciplinary and cross-professional combinations as effective means to interrogate the intricacies of established cultures around childhood. Our intention is to support cross-professional challenges in the field, opening up the deep-seated, professionally-bound familiarity and taken-for-granted knowledge that surrounds childhood, by contributing to the development of new LA practices, redrawing practitioners' ?cognitive maps? and knowledge bases underlying individual professions.
Start Year 2013
 
Description A Research-Informed, Inter-disciplinary Education, Arts and Health Collaboration 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Growing out of the ESRC Seminar Series, a creative collaboration between MMU'S Education and Social Research Institute, the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design and the Research Institute of Health and Social Care has been established to work on a further interdisciplinary activities, for example with senior representatives / practitioners from children?s services in Stockport. This academic, cross-faculty working group is informed by our commitment to innovative combinations across, for example the academic fields of education, art, visual anthropology, public health, community practice and social change as effective means to interrogate the intricacies of established cultures around childhood. With firm commitments across MMU faculties, this academic interdisciplinarity will support a range of future projects, bidding opportunities, CPD and other teaching work challenging the deep-seated, professionally-bound familiarity that surrounds childhood and contributing to the development of practices, ?cognitive maps? and knowledge bases underlying individual professions.
Start Year 2013
 
Description A Research-Informed, Inter-disciplinary Education, Arts and Health Collaboration 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Research Institute of Health and Social Care (RIHSC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Growing out of the ESRC Seminar Series, a creative collaboration between MMU'S Education and Social Research Institute, the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design and the Research Institute of Health and Social Care has been established to work on a further interdisciplinary activities, for example with senior representatives / practitioners from children?s services in Stockport. This academic, cross-faculty working group is informed by our commitment to innovative combinations across, for example the academic fields of education, art, visual anthropology, public health, community practice and social change as effective means to interrogate the intricacies of established cultures around childhood. With firm commitments across MMU faculties, this academic interdisciplinarity will support a range of future projects, bidding opportunities, CPD and other teaching work challenging the deep-seated, professionally-bound familiarity that surrounds childhood and contributing to the development of practices, ?cognitive maps? and knowledge bases underlying individual professions.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Greater Manchester Early Years Research Partnership 
Organisation Bolton Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In October 2012 we established a research partnership between: the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and key stakeholders in Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Children?s Services and Museums and Galleries. Representatives from Oldham Council; Manchester Council; Bolton Council; Manchester Art Gallery; and The Manchester Museum joined members of ESRI are engaged in communication about ways to work in partnership given the changing economic and political climate. With all public sector organisations being asked to deliver more with less, identify impact, and develop partnerships across the public sector, private sector, and the voluntary, not-for-profit ?third sector?, the time is opportune to establish this working group in order to think through what a local research partnership might involve.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Greater Manchester Early Years Research Partnership 
Organisation Manchester Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In October 2012 we established a research partnership between: the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and key stakeholders in Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Children?s Services and Museums and Galleries. Representatives from Oldham Council; Manchester Council; Bolton Council; Manchester Art Gallery; and The Manchester Museum joined members of ESRI are engaged in communication about ways to work in partnership given the changing economic and political climate. With all public sector organisations being asked to deliver more with less, identify impact, and develop partnerships across the public sector, private sector, and the voluntary, not-for-profit ?third sector?, the time is opportune to establish this working group in order to think through what a local research partnership might involve.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Greater Manchester Early Years Research Partnership 
Organisation Oldham Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In October 2012 we established a research partnership between: the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and key stakeholders in Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Children?s Services and Museums and Galleries. Representatives from Oldham Council; Manchester Council; Bolton Council; Manchester Art Gallery; and The Manchester Museum joined members of ESRI are engaged in communication about ways to work in partnership given the changing economic and political climate. With all public sector organisations being asked to deliver more with less, identify impact, and develop partnerships across the public sector, private sector, and the voluntary, not-for-profit ?third sector?, the time is opportune to establish this working group in order to think through what a local research partnership might involve.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Greater Manchester Early Years Research Partnership 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Manchester Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In October 2012 we established a research partnership between: the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and key stakeholders in Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Children?s Services and Museums and Galleries. Representatives from Oldham Council; Manchester Council; Bolton Council; Manchester Art Gallery; and The Manchester Museum joined members of ESRI are engaged in communication about ways to work in partnership given the changing economic and political climate. With all public sector organisations being asked to deliver more with less, identify impact, and develop partnerships across the public sector, private sector, and the voluntary, not-for-profit ?third sector?, the time is opportune to establish this working group in order to think through what a local research partnership might involve.
Start Year 2012
 
Description International Centre for the Arts and Cultures of Childhood 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The main objective of this collaboration is to bring the study and practices of the arts and cultural inquiry into productive encounter with the study and practices of cultures of childhood, and thereby to open up new questions and possibilities for thinking, research and writing. By drawing together a broad range of disciplinary perspectives the collaboration will allow for productive interplay between each where academics, educationalists and artists will force the founding assumptions and prevailing discourses that frame their otherwise introspective endeavours. The collaboration seeks to provide a forum that moves beyond a general concern with representation and identity to an engagement with epistemological, ethical and political questions.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Exploring the Construction of Childhood Distress Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact As a result of partnerships formed during the ESRC Seminar Series, we were invited to contribute to this interdisciplinary seminar / workshop event. The workshop intended to offer an opportunity to reflect on the idea and the images underpinning childhood distress. The aim throughout was the opening up of a critically minded interdisciplinary space within which to consider how childhood distress may be considered, understood and engaged with.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Naughty Children Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact As a result of partnerships formed during the ESRC Seminar Series, we were invited to contribute to this interdisciplinary seminar / workshop event. The aim was to explore the ways in which the idea of 'naughty children' works as a social and cultural motif in particular health, social care and education settings and to consider the consequences that this has for children themselves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description The Medicalisation of childhood: Perspectives on autism 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar/workshop invited a broad and interdisciplinary practitioner, student and academic audience. The day focused on the limitations of psychiatric diagnosis; whether 'autism' is about individuals or interactions; and the social world of Autism' - challenging the myth of 'extreme autistic aloneness'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010