CSPACE brings together a community of researchers, practitioners, students, young people and service users from a range of disciplines and contexts to explore practice and culture across a wide spectrum of education settings. We are interested in exploring the everyday dynamics of education wherever it occurs: in the formal, compulsory and non-compulsory, sectors; in the context of health and social care; or in voluntary, private, complementary or ‘wraparound’ services.
Our priority is to enable the communities we work with to become research engaged, knowledge producing, self-transforming and sustainable and we are committed to collaborative approaches to research that blur traditional boundaries between researchers and ‘the researched’ – our approach is most definitely ‘research with’ rather than research ‘on’.
CSPACE is an inclusive, playful, experimental research collective that interacts closely and dynamically with Birmingham City University’s community of nationally renowned practitioner education programmes.
The Re-thinking Pedagogies and Practices cluster will explore pedagogic concepts and their implications for HE practices. It will embrace an interdisciplinary focus on critical innovation and change.
The Re-thinking Childhood cluster aims to move beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines, foster shared understanding amongst practitioners and encourage new directions in research in relation to children. It aims to explore a variety of methodological approaches to researching children and childhoods in the context of the families, communities and cultures in which they grow up.
The Re-thinking Creativities cluster involves all forms of generative thinking, including innovative approaches to creative processes in education. This encompasses creative learning, creative teaching, and education for creativity.
The re-thinking practitioner education and professional practice cluster will open spaces for conceptualising and theorising practitioner education and foreground the centrality of practitioner experience to research innovation. This cluster will be particularly interested in developing conversations about practitioner as research and building and developing PR actioner research capability both internally and externally