Living and learning in a digital age: innovation in learning and teaching
The deadline for 2012 Doctoral College Studentships has now passed.
The Brighton Doctoral College is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or a closely related area, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and applications are welcome from students in employment who have the support of their employers.
- Based in the Faculty of Education and Sport
- Supervisors: Professor Avril Loveless; Dr Tim Rudd.
The university cannot guarantee that students can start at their requested date unless deadlines are met.
- UK/EU students: The deadline for the university to receive applications for an entry date of October is the 1 August, for January entry it is the 1 November and for May it is the 1 March.
- International students: The deadline for the university to receive applications for an entry date of October is the 1 June, for January entry it is the 1 September and for May it is the 1 January.
A contemporary challenge in education is to understand the learning lives of young people and adults within the context of ‘a digital age’, often characterized by globalization, networks and flows, connections and communities, and the use of digital tools.
Such understanding will influence pedagogy and the design of learning environments that cross the boundaries of formal and informal learning experiences in all phases of people’s lives. The School of Education seeks PhD proposals that offer research questions which will explore how communities of learners engage with digital tools for the social and cultural learning challenges which relate to broad skills, capabilities or principles deemed valuable in their lives.
The proposal will use appropriate research methods to describe and explain people’s learning lives in a digital age, and support innovation in design for learning and teaching in chosen contexts. The fellowship will make a contribution to the field by linking concepts of learning lives to the design of learning contexts. The research project will have implications for making curriculum, developing pedagogy and informing policy in a variety of settings, from schools to higher education and work-based learning to youth work. The aim of education research in the School is to foster critical understanding of learning in diverse cultures and complex worlds. Our focus is on social justice, democracy and voice. The members of the supervisory team have an excellent international reputation for their research and practice in the fields of creativity, pedagogy, digital tools for learning, the design of learning environments, and structures of policy and politics of educational technology. Other senior researchers in the Education Research Centre have expertise in narrative research methodology and theory, and have made world-class contributions to using ‘stories of action in theories of context’ in the field of education. There is also a community of colleagues in the School of Education engaged in the development of innovative pedagogy and scholarship with digital tools. This fellowship offers the potential to work with colleagues in the Faculties of Arts, Health and Social Science, and Science and Engineering, depending on the chosen communities and contexts.