CfLaT has established itself as a driving force behind teaching, learning and curriculum innovation.
The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) builds on work from two previous centres. These were the Centre for Teaching for Understanding and the Thinking Skills Research Centre.
CfLaT started in 2002. It is within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS). It provides a foundation for this type of research across the School and the Faculty.
CfLaT commits to the creation and translation of knowledge about teaching and learning in a range of contexts:
We believe collaborative partnerships and equality between different sectors we impact on is essential. These relationships build on a reflective research cycle. This mirrors an effective teaching and learning cycle.
We operate between the Centre and educational practitioners and stakeholders. The output of this process is the co-creation and transformation of knowledge.
We help with development of understanding of learning and teaching. We encourage appreciation of how research can support this process.
Communities of practice
We have a series of linked communities of practice, within the university and beyond. These are structured around:
- project and consultancy work
- debates about research methods and epistemology
- a range of dissemination strategies
Effecting change requires an understanding of the connections and disharmony in systems. It also requires the iterative development of theoretical and practical knowledge.