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Associate Professor Robert Lawy

Honorary Associate Professor

Research

Research interests

My research interests are centred upon questions concerning the learning of young people in formal and informal contexts, inside and outside of school and college and include questions about the democratic learning and citizenship of young people. I utilise predominantly qualitative and interpretative approaches in my research. Particular interests relate to questions of identity and the relations between different identities, also to questions of change and transformation and the impact that this has on knowing, understanding and practice. I am keen to pursue research and develop projects and initiatives that recognise the formal and informal dimensions of learning and identity ie., that are focused in the further education and young people in work and leisure and other contexts.

Research projects

Together with Professor Gert Biesta (University of Stirling) I co-directed a project 'Citizenship learning in everyday life: the experiences of young people' . This was initially funded through the School of Education and Lifelong Learning with additional funding secured from the British Academy. A second strand of this work included a project funded by the Arts Council where we were able to work with gallery educators to look at gallery contexts as a site for democratic learning. A book including the full  report has been  published.

I have also completed (December 2007) a project concerning young people in 'Jobs without training' (JWT) which I directed with Professor Jocey Quinn (Plymouth University) . This was funded by the European Social Fund, the Learning and Skills Council and Connexions. Our aim was to understand the issues and problems of young people in JWT in the SW region and working with our partners provide a policy solution that will increase participation rates in formal training and education. The following report is now available:

Quinn, J. Lawy, R and Diment K. (2008) Young People in Jobs without Training in South West England: Not Just 'Dead-end Kids in Dead-end Jobs' Exeter, South West Learning Intelligence Module (SLIM).

Summary Report
http://www.swslim.org.uk/downloads/sl2566.pdf

Final Report
http://www.swslim.org.uk/downloads/2565.pdf

In the autumn term of 2007 I bid sucessfully with Dr Michael Tedder (University of Exeter) for funding from the Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETT) to undertake two linked projects concerned with Mentoring and Individual Learning Plans. The report (105 pages)  together with a summary of the main findings (10 pages) is now completed .

In a follow up to this (also funded by the CETT), I used an action-based approach to develop an on-line mentoring and support programme for teacher educators. The research was completed in December 2009.

Research networks

I am the co-ordinator of Living with Difference Reading Group.

I am a member of the Centre for Research in Higher Education

Research grants

  • 2009 Centre for Excellence in Teaching
    The research builds on research conducted with Dr Michael Tedder with the aim of developing and researching an on-line mentor support programme.
  • 2007 Centre for Excellence in Teaching
    Disseminate models of good practice in mentor training
  • 2007 Centre for Excellence in Teaching
    Disseminating model Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
  • 2006 The British Academy
    Citizenship learning in everyday life: the experiences of young people

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Lawy R, Tedder M (2012). Beyond compliance: teacher education practice in a performative framework. Research Papers in Education, 27(3), 303-318. Full text.
Lawy R, Biesta GJJ, McDonnell J, Lawy H, Reeves H (2009). 'The art of democracy': young people's democratic learning in gallery contexts. British Educational Research Journal, 36(3), 351-365. Full text.
Lawy, R. Quinn, J, Diment, K (2009). Listening to 'the thick bunch': (mis)understanding and (mis)representation of young people in jobs without training. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(6), 741-755. Full text.
Lawy, R. Armstrong, P. (2009). The myth of meeting. needs revisited: the case of. Educational research. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 28(1), 3-17. Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Tedder M, Lawy R (2013). Learning journeys: student teacher stories of professional formation. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37(1), 54-70.
Lawy R, Wheeler R (2013). The experiences of long-term unemployed young adults in the South West of England: some new insights. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 18(1-2), 159-174.
Lawy R, Tedder M (2012). Beyond compliance: teacher education practice in a performative framework. Research Papers in Education, 27(3), 303-318. Full text.
Lawy R, Tedder M (2011). Mentoring and Individual Learning Plans: Issues of practice in a period of transition. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 16(3), 385-396. Full text.
Tedder M, Lawy R (2010). 'Passionate about teaching' - the role of mentors in implementing professional standards. Teaching in Lifelong Learning, 2(2), 45-55.
Lawy R, Quinn J, Diment K (2010). Responding to the ‘needs’ of young people in jobs without training (JWT): some policy suggestions and recommendations. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(3), 335-351.
Lawy R (2010). Young people's experiences of vocational education and training (VET). Education and Training, 52(5), 427-437.
Lawy R, Biesta GJJ, McDonnell J, Lawy H, Reeves H (2009). 'The art of democracy': young people's democratic learning in gallery contexts. British Educational Research Journal, 36(3), 351-365. Full text.
Lawy, R. Quinn, J, Diment, K (2009). Listening to 'the thick bunch': (mis)understanding and (mis)representation of young people in jobs without training. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(6), 741-755. Full text.
Lawy, R. Tedder, M (2009). Meeting standards: teacher education in the further education sector. What of the agency of teacher educators?. Studies in the Education of Adults, 41(1), 53-67.
Lawy, R. Armstrong, P. (2009). The myth of meeting. needs revisited: the case of. Educational research. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 28(1), 3-17. Full text.
Tedder, M. Lawy R (2009). The pursuit of 'excellence': mentoring in further education initial teacher training in England. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 61(4), 413-429.
Biesta, G.J.J. Lawy, R. Kelly, N. (2009). Understanding young people's citizenship learning in everyday life. The role of contexts relationships and dispositions. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4(1), 5-24.
Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2008). 'Dead end kids in dead end jobs'?. Reshaping debates on young people in jobs without training. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 13(2), 185-194.
Lawy R, Biesta G (2006). Citizenship-as-practice: the educational implications of an inclusive and relational understanding of citizenship. British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1), 34-50.
Lawy R, Biesta G (2006). Citizenship-as-practice: the educational implications of an inclusive and relational understanding of citizenship. British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(2), 34-50.
Lawy R (2006). Connective learning: young people's identity and knowledge-making in work and non-work contexts. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(3), 325-340.
Biesta, G.J.J. Lawy, R. (2006). From teaching citizenship to learning democracy: overcoming individualism in research policy and practice. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(1), 63-79.
Lawy, R. Bloomer, M. Biesta, G.J.J. (2004). 'School's just a catalyst': knowledge, learning and identity, and the post-16 curriculum. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 56(2), 205-226.
Lawy, R. Bloomer M (2003). Identity and learning as a lifelong project: situating vocational education and work. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 22(1), 24-44.
Lawy, R. (2003). Transformation of person, identity and understanding: a case study. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24(3), 331-345.
Lawy, R. (2002). Risky stories: youth identities, learning and everyday risk. Journal of Youth Studies, 5(4), 407-423.
Lawy, R. (2002). Transition and transformation: the experiences of two young people. Journal of Education and work, 15(2), 201-218.
Lawy, R. (2000). Is Jimmy really so different? Learning and making-meaning in work and non-work contexts. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21(4), 591-604.

Chapters

Tedder M, Lawy R (2010). 'Follow the yellow brick road': explorers and tourists on the journey to teaching qualifications in further education colleges in England. In Merrill B, Gonzaleez Monteagudo J (Eds.) Educational journeys and changing lives: adult student experiences, Volume 1, Seville: Sevilla, ESREA, 148-161.
Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2009). 'Drifting''desperate' or just 'diverse'? Researching young people in jobs without training. In Field J, Gallagher J, eds0 RI (Eds.) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, Routledge Falmer, 189-200.
Biesta GJJ, Lawy R, Mcdonnell J, Lawy H (2008). The art of democracy: gallery education and young people’s democratic learning. In Taylor B (Ed) 02 Inspiring Learning in Galleries: Research Reports, London: Engage, 242-265.

Reports

Lawy R, Tedder M (2009). Further education initial teacher education in the learning and skills sector in the SW of England:ILPs, mentors and mentor training. , University of Exeter and SWITCH CETT. 104 pages.
Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2008). Young People in Jobs without Training in South West England: Not Just 'Dead-end Kids in Dead-end Jobs'. Connexions; European Social Fund; Learning and Skills Council,  Exeter, University of Exeter, South West Learning Intelligence Module (SLIM). 66 pages.

Publications by year


2013

Tedder M, Lawy R (2013). Learning journeys: student teacher stories of professional formation. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37(1), 54-70.
Lawy R, Wheeler R (2013). The experiences of long-term unemployed young adults in the South West of England: some new insights. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 18(1-2), 159-174.

2012

Lawy R, Tedder M (2012). Beyond compliance: teacher education practice in a performative framework. Research Papers in Education, 27(3), 303-318. Full text.

2011

Lawy R, Tedder M (2011). Mentoring and Individual Learning Plans: Issues of practice in a period of transition. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 16(3), 385-396. Full text.

2010

Tedder M, Lawy R (2010). 'Follow the yellow brick road': explorers and tourists on the journey to teaching qualifications in further education colleges in England. In Merrill B, Gonzaleez Monteagudo J (Eds.) Educational journeys and changing lives: adult student experiences, Volume 1, Seville: Sevilla, ESREA, 148-161.
Tedder M, Lawy R (2010). 'Passionate about teaching' - the role of mentors in implementing professional standards. Teaching in Lifelong Learning, 2(2), 45-55.
Lawy R, Quinn J, Diment K (2010). Responding to the ‘needs’ of young people in jobs without training (JWT): some policy suggestions and recommendations. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(3), 335-351.
Lawy R (2010). Young people's experiences of vocational education and training (VET). Education and Training, 52(5), 427-437.

2009

Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2009). 'Drifting''desperate' or just 'diverse'? Researching young people in jobs without training. In Field J, Gallagher J, eds0 RI (Eds.) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, Routledge Falmer, 189-200.
Lawy R, Biesta GJJ, McDonnell J, Lawy H, Reeves H (2009). 'The art of democracy': young people's democratic learning in gallery contexts. British Educational Research Journal, 36(3), 351-365. Full text.
Lawy R, Tedder M (2009). Further education initial teacher education in the learning and skills sector in the SW of England:ILPs, mentors and mentor training. , University of Exeter and SWITCH CETT. 104 pages.
Lawy, R. Quinn, J, Diment, K (2009). Listening to 'the thick bunch': (mis)understanding and (mis)representation of young people in jobs without training. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(6), 741-755. Full text.
Lawy, R. Tedder, M (2009). Meeting standards: teacher education in the further education sector. What of the agency of teacher educators?. Studies in the Education of Adults, 41(1), 53-67.
Lawy, R. Armstrong, P. (2009). The myth of meeting. needs revisited: the case of. Educational research. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 28(1), 3-17. Full text.
Tedder, M. Lawy R (2009). The pursuit of 'excellence': mentoring in further education initial teacher training in England. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 61(4), 413-429.
Biesta, G.J.J. Lawy, R. Kelly, N. (2009). Understanding young people's citizenship learning in everyday life. The role of contexts relationships and dispositions. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4(1), 5-24.

2008

Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2008). 'Dead end kids in dead end jobs'?. Reshaping debates on young people in jobs without training. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 13(2), 185-194.
Biesta GJJ, Lawy R, Mcdonnell J, Lawy H (2008). The art of democracy: gallery education and young people’s democratic learning. In Taylor B (Ed) 02 Inspiring Learning in Galleries: Research Reports, London: Engage, 242-265.
Quinn J, Lawy R, Diment K (2008). Young People in Jobs without Training in South West England: Not Just 'Dead-end Kids in Dead-end Jobs'. Connexions; European Social Fund; Learning and Skills Council,  Exeter, University of Exeter, South West Learning Intelligence Module (SLIM). 66 pages.

2006

Lawy R, Biesta G (2006). Citizenship-as-practice: the educational implications of an inclusive and relational understanding of citizenship. British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1), 34-50.
Lawy R, Biesta G (2006). Citizenship-as-practice: the educational implications of an inclusive and relational understanding of citizenship. British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(2), 34-50.
Lawy R (2006). Connective learning: young people's identity and knowledge-making in work and non-work contexts. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(3), 325-340.
Biesta, G.J.J. Lawy, R. (2006). From teaching citizenship to learning democracy: overcoming individualism in research policy and practice. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(1), 63-79.

2004

Lawy, R. Bloomer, M. Biesta, G.J.J. (2004). 'School's just a catalyst': knowledge, learning and identity, and the post-16 curriculum. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 56(2), 205-226.

2003

Lawy, R. Bloomer M (2003). Identity and learning as a lifelong project: situating vocational education and work. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 22(1), 24-44.
Lawy, R. (2003). Transformation of person, identity and understanding: a case study. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24(3), 331-345.

2002

Lawy, R. (2002). Risky stories: youth identities, learning and everyday risk. Journal of Youth Studies, 5(4), 407-423.
Lawy, R. (2002). Transition and transformation: the experiences of two young people. Journal of Education and work, 15(2), 201-218.

2000

Lawy, R. (2000). Is Jimmy really so different? Learning and making-meaning in work and non-work contexts. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21(4), 591-604.

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External Engagement and Impact

Advice to Government, Parliament, devolved and English regional administrations, other national, international, regional or local agencies; advice to non-government organisations and to private practice

  • College Governor (co-opted) Richard Huish 6th Form College Taunton Somerset. 2004-2007.
  • Invited presentation to 14/19 Steering Group (Somerset and Devon)

 


Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

  • UCET Post-16 Committee member.
  • Invited reviewer ESRC TLRP bids.
  • Article reviewer Journal of Youth Studies: Teaching and Teacher Education. Research Papers in Education. Journal of Vocational Education and Training
  • Board member Centre for Excellence in Teacher Education (CETT)
  • Board Member Learning South West

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

  • External Examiner PGCE (PCE) Oxford Brookes University 2004-2007.
  • External Examiner Institute of Education PGCE (PCE) 2006-2009
  • External Examiner University of Sunderland (MA Pedagogy) 2009-
  • External Reviewer University of Surrey (externally validated BA programme)

Keynote addresses or prestigious public lectures given in international forums

  • Staff seminar presentation at the Centre for Labour Market Studies. University of Leicester 21st November 2003. 'Creeping knowledgeability': Identity and learning in work and non-work contexts.
  • Invited paper presentation: The art of democracy: democratic learning in gallery education. On your doorstep: Using local galleries as a resource. Dartington January 21 2008.
  • Invited workshop Cardiff February 29. (2008) Rathbone/Nuffield review. Engaging Youth Enquiry – Workshop 2: ‘Learning and Work Opportunities.’
  • Invited staff/student presentation Young people in Jobs Without Training' University of Southampton. July 7 2008
  • Invited presentation ILPs and Mentoring. Dillington November 4 2008
  • Keynote presentation 'Mentoring in Further Education' Higher Education Academy Wolverrhampton March 6th  2013

Research-based contributions to practitioner and academic conferences

  • ‘Drifting, desperate or just diverse? Researching young people in jobs without training’. Paper presented at the Centre for Education in Lifelong Learning (CRLL). The times they are a-changin’: researching transitions in lifelong learning. University of Sterling, June 22-24 2007.
  • ‘Citizenship learning and democracy in the lives of young people’. Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Nova Scotia. June 7-9 2007.
  • ‘Citizenship learning in everyday life: Understanding the opportunities for democratic learning in the lives of young people’. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference. University of Warwick September 6-9m 2006.
  • ‘Who needs research? The myth of meeting needs revisited’. Paper presented at the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) Inter-Cultural Perspectives on Research into Adult Learning: A global dialogue Leeds July 4-6 2006.
  • ‘Young people learning democracy: a UK perspective’. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal Canada, April, 11-15 2005 (Education Policy and Politics, Division L).

Teaching

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Rachel Wheeler

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