Research Seminars and Events Spring 2019: Mental Health & Creative Methods

Research Events Spring 2019: Mental Health & Creative Methods


The School of Education regularly hosts a range of research seminars on key issues and research methods led by colleagues, research students and outside speakers. Our next two events for February and March are outlined below. All are welcome to attend. Bring your lunch and join in the conversation,

Monday 25 February 2019 12.45-2.00 in ED005 (107-111 Princess Road East) 

Sarah Adams & Professor Wasyl Cajkler 

Learning how to teach for positive mental health: lessons from research lessons in primary school placements

 Mental health is now a global priority, and in the UK, education is positioned at the forefront of the ‘crisis’ in order to reduce mental illness whilst also promoting and supporting positive mental health. One mechanism available to primary schools to educate children about their mental health and wellbeing which is supportive of staff development is through the use of lesson study. In 2018, a group of four student-teachers used lesson study in collaboration with their school-based mentors to teach mental health issues to young children as part of the PSHE curriculum in their schools. Lesson study was used as the vehicle for inquiry into mentor and student-teacher collaborative practice. The student-teacher participants were interviewed and their resulting 5000-word assignments were analysed from the perspective of practitioner research (Cochran-Smith et al 2009).  In addition, the four mentors were interviewed about the implementation of lesson study in relation to the teaching of mental welfare and how they perceived this supported the development of the student-teachers skills in relation to mental health education. This allowed for an integrated analysis of the participant experiences in this context. Systematic thematic analysis of the assignments and interview transcripts allowed the research team to identify conditions for successful use of lesson study to teach about mental health, while also supporting the development of both mentors and student-teachers as practitioners working from an inquiry stance (Cohcran-Smith and Lytle 2009).  We will be presenting the findings of this small-scale exploratory study and considering how this model of practice can be developed in the future.

Wasyl Cajkler is Professor of Education at the University of Leicester and Chair of the Lesson Study Research Group. Sarah Adams is a Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education.


Tuesday March 5th  12.45-2.00 in ED008 (107-111 Princess Road East) 

Dr Laura Guihen

Exploring Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching

This session will report on a National Centre for Research Methods funded training course I attended in November on the theme of Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching. I will share what I learned about creative methods both as an approach, and as a means of generating social science research data. I will investigate some of the practical and ethical issues in using creative methods. I will then explore some creative forms of dissemination.

Dr Laura Guihen is a Lecturer in  Education at the University of Leicester




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