Centre for Applied Research, Education and Social Sciences

Centre for Applied Research, Education and Social Sciences

This Centre is an integral part of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at UCL, and includes the Centre for Applied School Research and a number of other research and development projects.

The Aim of the Centre

The primary purpose of this research department is to contribute to an applied research profile and to the knowledge foundation of the educational and social sciences degree courses and of research and development activities at UCL, which is reflected in the organisational structure.

This purpose is pursued through a wide range of research and development activities.

The Research Triad

What is special about Applied Research in Education and Society is that people of different interests – researchers, developers and practitioners – are brought in to work together with a view to generating solid and systematic knowledge within the following triadic frame of reference:

  • Research reach (measured in terms of research publications, and the systematic production of empirical data);
  • Research breadth (measured in terms of diversity and research themes); and,
  • Action radius (measured in terms of dissemination publications, educational activities and cooperation with practice).

Applied Research in Education and Society comprises a number of research centres and some major research projects involving a broad cooperative interface with other institutions.

Centre for Applied School and Education Research

One of our important focal points is the Centre for Applied School and Education Research, which gathers together the department’s many research activities connected with schools. Moreover, a major focus area in the department is the establishment and development of new research programmes centring around social and social educational issues.

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