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Research interests

I am interested in the role of non-formal and informal learning in young people's lives. Broadly speaking, non-formal learning features unassessed learning objectives (e.g., after-school sports clubs, charities, NGOs...) whilst informal learning encompasses unplanned, spontaneous learning (e.g., you learn to cook a souffle because your dad happens to like cooking them).

My experience researching young people's lives focuses primarily on charities, youth groups, youth sport, and young people not in education, employment or training. As a qualitative researcher who comes from an interdisciplinary background, my research draws on educational theory, psychology, sociology, and critical pedagogy.

Research interests:

  • Non-formal and informal education
  • Young people's development
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Neoliberalism
  • Critical pedagogy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Keywords

  • Non-formal education
  • Informal education
  • Young people's development
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Neoliberalism
  • Critical pedagogy

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