Dr Hugh Busher
Senior Lecturer in Education
M.Ed (Birmingham), PhD (Leeds)
Tel: 0116 252 3688
Hugh Busher has a PhD in the micro-politics of schools and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leicester. He researches into critical perspectives on people, power and culture in education-based communities, including representations of students’ and teachers’ voices, and hybrid learning communities. He teaches on Masters and Doctoral programmes. His current funded research project, with Dr Nalita James, is on widening participation: marginalised adult students’ shifting learning identities on Access to HE courses. Recent publications focus on: student perspectives on learning; visual ethnography; teachers’ identities; liminality; power in communities. Recent invited Conference papers:
TERG Seminar, The Cass School of Education and Communities, The University of East London, 31 Jan 2013, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings …: A critical Ethnographic perspective on performativity and learners’ identities in schools'
1st International conference on Reimagining Schooling, Thessaloniki University, Greece, 25-28 June 2013, 'Student voice: a site for developing democracy, a vehicle for improving learning'
Hugh teaches on the MA International Education programme:
- Core Module 2- Introduction to Educational Research Methods
- Specialist Pathway on Leading inclusive communities of learners
His teaching interests lie in:
- Constructing learning communities in education and related topics of power, micro-politics and culture.
- Students’ voices and identities and teachers' development and their influences on school communities.
- The ethics of research, the use of online and visual methods, especially in qualitative research.
Selected Recent Publications
James, N. and Busher, H. (2013) Researching hybrid learning communities in the digital age through educational ethnography, Ethnography in Education, Special Issue on On-line Ethnography, 8:2 (in press)
Busher, H. (2012) Students as expert witnesses of teaching and learning Management in Education, Special Issue on Student voice 26 (3)112 - 118.
Busher, H. and Cremin, H. (2012) Developing understanding through ethnography: Students’ and teachers’ perspectives on schooling in performative times, in Jeffrey, B. and Troman, G. (Eds) Performativity across UK education: ethnographic cases of its effects, agency and reconstructions, Painswick: E&E Publishing.
Nabhani, M. Busher, H. Bahous, R. (2012) Cultures of engagement in challenging circumstances: Four Lebanese Primary Schools in urban Beirut, School Leadership and Management, 32 (1) 37-55
Busher, H. Lawson, T. Wilkins, C. Acun, I. (2011) Pedagogy, empowerment and discipline: Comparative perspectives of novice teachers in England and Turkey reflecting on 'the other', COMPARE First e-Published on: 18 February 2011, 41 (3), May 2011
Cremin, H. Mason, C. Busher, H. (2010) Problematising pupil voice using visual methods: Findings from a study of engaged and disaffected pupils in an urban secondary school, British Educational Research Journal, First e-Published on: 21 May 2010