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Long live the Localism Act? – An investigation into the value of Neighbourhood Development Plans: The case of Aylesbury Vale

In the age of Localism, neighbourhood planning aims to provide a statutory platform for communities to positively engage in local planning matters and shape future place-making. With over 2,750 neighbourhoods now involved with planning at grassroots level, uptake of the process has undoubtedly been positive. Existing literature highlights the potential to contribute to the existing development plan, introduce innovative policy and improve the resulting quality of development, whilst others criticise the initiative, arguing that the protectionist agenda of many communities is likely to undermine the objectives of neighbourhood planning and add little value to the pre-existing development plan. Utilising a case-study of Aylesbury Vale, this dissertation explores the extent to which neighbourhood plan policies deviate from the current development plan, and as a result of these policies whether the quality of development is markedly improved. This has been supported by stakeholder insights into whethe…

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Investigating the Opportunities and Limitations for Independent Publishers in the UK: A Case Study of ‘The Northern Powerhouse of Independent Publishing’

Whilst much research has been undertaken on the effects an ever-changing publishing landscape has had upon the publishing industry as a whole, and in particular independent booksellers, few scholars have considered how these technological, environmental and industrial changes have affected the UK independent publisher. The aim of this dissertation is to identify the key opportunities and limitations for UK-based independent publishers, with regards to growth and development in the current climate. The issues are introduced in a national context, then explored and evaluated with a particular regional focus on the so called 'Northern Powerhouse of Independent Publishing'. Recommendations, substantiated by this analysis, are then given for the independent publisher on the successful management and growth of both new and existing UK wide enterprises, and to aid in the development of business strategies and subsequent publishing programmes. The primary recommendations include focusing marketing activity on the …

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A quest to find an authentic artistic voice: could lingering in a liminal space nurture creativity?

This reflective autoethnographic research into my art making utilises art-based research methods. I sought to discover if a liminal space could nurture my creativity and examine what factors inhibited or enabled art making that was authentic and meaningful to me. Through investigation into threshold concepts and creative process I come to understand the complexity and paradoxical nature of a liminal space. The research fits within the social constructionist framework through which meaning is co-constructed between self and other. Using the visual method of photo elicitation generated both knowledge and data. As a data set the visual was enlightening, influencing how I engaged with written data. Initially I was struggling to make meaningful artwork. A surprise external prompt, a Eureka moment, took me in a direction I had not anticipated. I entered the liminal space with a purpose and it allowed me to think differently. My artwork took on deep personal meaning, a visualisation of my own creative pro…

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The Impacts of Extrinsic Reward Systems on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation to Learn: A Systematic Review

The significant role of motivation in enabling students to reach the highest standards of learning experiences has been long recognised. To this end, numerous strategies have been employed, prominently the use of external reward systems as a potential solution for enhancing engagement in learning. However, a substantial number of theoretical frameworks were put forward in the literature of psychology, suggesting the use of rewards as detrimental to the internal source of motivation, which generated an unmitigated debate. After decades of research producing contradictory findings, the disagreement remains unresolved. With the purpose of enlightening the potential outcomes of rewards on intrinsic motivation and discovering the extent of existing research around the field, adopting a systematic review methodology, empirical research conducted within the last thirty-five years on the effects of extrinsic rewards was identified and analysed. By employing an exhaustive approach to literature searching on eight ele…

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Genderquake: The impact of the 2010 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami on Sexual and Gender Minorities

Sexual and gender minorities are largely invisible within disaster studies and continuously discriminated against in disaster risk reduction strategies. Consequently, the social inequality and exclusion they face can render them to extremely vulnerable post-disaster situations. Through the analysis of their experiences during the 2010 Chilean earthquake and tsunami, the specific vulnerabilities of these minorities are explored, highlighting the intersectional vulnerability of female trans sex workers. Additionally, the social capital of these minorities is explored as an effective way to increase disaster resilience. This project provides a new context-lead study, maintaining that heteropatriarchal assumptions can further marginalize these groups in emergencies.

Status: Live|Last updated:November 4, 2021 9:39 AM
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How do pupils relate to the playground spaces and places available to them during free play? A case study of 10 and 11 year old pupils.

Current views on human connections with space and place describe a relationship that is in a state of fluidity and change, constantly under construction, but for children, as for adults, this relationship informs and enhances their experience and quality of life. In western cultures, the opportunities for children to develop their own autonomous connections with place are being increasingly eroded; their physical world is dominated and designed by an adult narrative. The aim of this case study is to explore the ways in which children are able to relate to the spaces and places available to them in their free play, giving them a participatory voice in the research through photography and discussion. I aim to gain some insights into the ways in which they ‘see’ their environment , and consider how this understanding might inform the provision of more meaningful ‘childhood spaces’ rather just adult defined ‘spaces for children’.

Status: Live|Last updated:November 4, 2021 9:37 AM
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Talking With Myself: An Autoethnographic Examination of how the Power of ReflexiveDialogue Supports the Construction of a Dual Artist Teacher Identity

This research is an analytical autoethnography of my undertaking to construct and maintain a dual Artist Teacher identity. Using Hermans's (2001) Dialogical Self Theory, I aim to understand how my two professional identities are formed and how reflexive actions - cerebral and physical - draw the two identities together in reciprocal negotiation. Having long understood how my artist practice informs my teaching, this research involves aiming to understand how my teaching can inform my art practice and how reflexivity supports my dual professional identity. The coding of visual data presented me with some difficulties but I explain how I draw upon the physicality of the work produced as well as the dialogical aspect of the study in justifying my methods and gleaning new knowledge from the work produced. I conclude that it is possible to maintain an effective dual partnership however, it is important to preserve a distance, no matter how small, between the identities. An artist teacher needs to be able to negoti…

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Individualism, Rights and Development

The Rights Based Approach (RBA) of development, suggesting duty-bearers should be held to account through Human Rights, has recently gained prominence. This study will evaluate the philosophical and societal underpinnings of this theory, developing an alternative method of development based on the criticisms of RBA. By using methods and theories from political philosophy this thesis will provide an original conception of the weakness of RBA’s as a theory. In addition to other societal concerns, this research will first and foremost reveal individualism to be the central weakness of RBA and hence will build a theory of development based on community building. The study will conclude that the social nature of the individual needs to be central to any method of development, which additionally needs to take into account the urban reality of the 21st century, without condoning violent upheaval. Furthermore, showing that rights are less useful in the field of development and that RBA has been instrumentalized to ab…

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Does a Professional Learning Community have a positive Impact on the children in an education system driven by market forces and borrowed pedagogy –if so, how, and if not, why not? A case study

From 2010, the English government has promoted collaborative approaches to improving pupil achievement including learning communities and ShanghaiRstyle maths mastery. Although these collective approaches in and between schools have been introduced, they sit within a neoliberal, marketised educational system which pits schools against one another in competition. Additional problems lie in accepting a pedagogy suited to a very different culture and context with insufficient funding for guidance in working collaboratively and implementing the necessary collaboration that underpins Shanghai’s success in teaching maths. In this article, I endeavour to unravel and compare the complexity of opposing paradigms within which “Ardwell” School’s (pseudonym) professional learning community (PLC) finds itself. A case study research design was employed for this smallRscale enquiry over a month. Individual and group interviews of staff, pupils and parents plus observations of maths mastery classes were held in A…

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Collaboration: How can an ongoing dialogue with another artist teacher facilitate the production of artwork? What does this reveal about artist teachers in 21st Century England?

This research investigates how an ongoing dialogue with another artist teacher can facilitate the production of artwork in order to attempt to combat isolation and make time for creative and social engagement. My aim is to gain a broader understanding of the demands of my artist teacher role by collaboratively sharing a personal dialogue with another artist teacher from a different sociocultural context and explore what this can reveal about the role of the artist teacher in 21st century England. My participant, Ana (her name is concealed by a pseudonym for anonymity purposes) is an old friend and fellow artist teacher. We both possess pre-existing understanding of the social contexts in which we exist and work in which has developed from us both studying together at university and following similar career paths of teaching in secondary art education. Analytic autoethnography, the methodology this research is situated within, recognises that data can be collected from others as well the researcher. Methods su…

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