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Special Interest Group

Social Theory and Education

The Social Theory and Education SIG aims to support and develop theoretically informed educational research, to engage with and facilitate new social theory and to explore the relationships between theory-work and research. Social theory here refers to the use of theoretical frameworks to explain and analyse social action, social meanings and large-scale social structures. The field is interdisciplinary, drawing ideas from a range of contributing disciplines but particularly from politics, philosophy and sociology. Social theory aims to develop concepts and ontologies that can provide social research with conceptual and methodological tools for analytical and interpretational work. The SIG plans to accommodate and encourage work which applies and develops ideas and concepts from social theory to education research, as well as exploring and critiquing the contributions to education of major social theorists. Our primary focus is substantive research applications of social theory, but we will also seek to support the development of new theoretical work and reflexively consider the role of theory in relation to research and the analysis of data.

SIG Convenors

Mark Murphy, Dr

Reader in Education and Public Policy at University of Glasgow

I am Reader in Education & Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. Previously I have worked as an academic at a number of institutions, including King’s College, London, University of Stirling and University College Dublin. I am an active...

Andrew Wilkins, Dr

Reader at University of East London

Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education and REF Impact Coordinator for UoA 23 Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students....

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