Photo shows book coverAn Edge Hill academic has co-authored a key international book exploring the concepts that can be drawn upon to undertake socially just research.

Vicky Duckworth, Professor of Education has written Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education, published by Bloomsbury as part of its Research Methods for Education series.

The new text offers local, national and global perspective of the contrasting and creative ways in which researchers reflect on and integrate principles of social justice in their methods and their methodological decision making.

In doing so it illuminates different conceptualisations of social justice and equity leading the reader through an exploration of what their implications are for undertaking research and how it can be enacted in the context of their chosen research method.

Co-written with Professor Liz Atkins, the book is more targeted and critically engaged than general methods textbooks and poses vital questions which include how researchers can develop and implement socially just research methods from a position of power.

Photo shows Vicky Duckworth“The book explores social justice and equity and probes the ways these impact on the methodology for undertaking educational research, ensuring it is importantly both moral and ethical,” said Vicky.

“We explore and provide a sharp lens on a range of contexts, including early childhood, special and inclusive education, and adult education, and the range of cultures located in both western and developing nations to discover how researchers can use methods which contribute to the creation of more equitable educational systems.”

The book has been published in the same week that Vicky was appointed as one of 16 education experts on Labour’s lifelong learning commission.

The commission, chaired by former Education Secretary Estelle Morris, will, amongst other drivers, carry out work on funding models and make detailed proposals on how to integrate qualifications, introduce a credits system to make qualifications transferable and make it as easy as possible for people to pick up or pause their studies at times that work for them.

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education is published by Bloomsbury.