IEP! Inclusive epistemologies and practices of out-of school English learning

According to educational indicators (e.g. Consell Superior dAvaluació del Sistema Educatiu, 2018), English is one of the school subjects that is most telling of social inequalities in Spain. This research project responds to low attainment levels for English as a Foreign Language amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged youth. It aligns with recent research focusing on the role of out-of-school learning in ensuring social inclusion. This two year project will: a)  collaboratively research secondary school students existing practices of and access to the learning of English out-of-school time; b) implement new inclusive, non-formal English language education initiatives; c) evaluate the impact of the non-formal English language education intiatives implemented; d) and support the sustainability and transferability of the initiatives. The project builds on already established alliances between university-based researchers and community stakeholders. It takes the global form of a comparative case study, achieved through multi-sited and multi-scalar ethnography. It also takes a transformative activist stance, incorporating youth-led participatory action research and service-learning. In addition, socio-interactionist learning behaviour tracking methods are used, in combination with other socio-cultural approaches, to investigate young peoples language learning. Threading through all these approaches, as a transversal methodological contribution, the project draws on creative inquiry, or arts-based methods. By embedding collaborative and creative ways of knowing in its methodology, the project aims to contest traditional researcher-researched and logocentric hierarchies of knowledge, and foster not only inclusive educational practices, but also inclusive epistemologies.

Project details

From: 01/2/2019 

To: 31/01/2021 - Extended to 30/06/2021

Sponsor: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. Proyectos de I+D de generación de conocimiento y Proyectos de I+D+i retos investigación (Ref: PRPPGC2018-099071-A-I00).

Project ammount allocated: 29.766,00 €

PI: Dr Emilee Moore (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Members: Dr. Eulàlia Borràs (Universitat de Lleida); Dr. Mandy Deal (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya); Dr. Melinda Dooly (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Dr. Dolors Masats (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Joan Ploettner (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya); Prof. Amparo Tuson (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

Collaborators: Almudena Herrera (IES Badia del Vallès); Dr. Júlia Llompart (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid); Dr. Andy Morodo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Claudia Vallejo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), members of the alliance Let’s Go!.

International consultants: Dr. Jessica Bradley (Leeds Trinity University, UK); Dr. Lou Harvey (University of Leeds, UK): Prof. Maggie Hawkins (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Dr. Rahat Zaidi (University of Calgary, Canada).


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