Childhood and adolescence is a time when children explore the world formally and informally.  Learning is a key theme for much of the research in Newcastle that involves children and young people.
  • Early years learning
  • Schools-based research
  • Teacher-training research
  • SOLE (self organised learning environments)
  • Higher education
  • Innovation in teaching
  • Educational psychology
  • Informal locations of learning
  • Learning through the arts
  • Children's literature

Examples of activity

The 'Thinking Differently' programme

Professor Liz Todd is completing a three year evaluation (2013-6) of the 'Thinking Differently' programme, managed by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 3 innovative projects about young people and alcohol in Scotland, funded by Children in Need, Comic Relief, JRF, The Robertson Trust, The Tudor Trust and The Scottish Government.

SOLEs - Self-Organised Learning Environments

TED prize winner Professor Sugata Mitra has pioneered a new minimally invasive educational technique in the Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) project. Teachers all over the world have been using his techniques, and the School in the Cloud has been a success as much in India as in Newcastle. The seventh school in the cloud has recently been launched in South Bengal, and Prof Mitra has based his work on the belief that children can teach themselves.