At BGU we have completed a number of succesful projects over the last few years. Please read below for the kind of research that takes place here.
Personal Histories – A Celebration of Childhood Memories
This is a pilot project developed by Boston Borough Council and Bishop Grosseteste University. In the summer term of 2008, three primary schools in the Boston area of South Lincolnshire trailed a resource pack to develop community cohesion. Children of all ages researched the childhood memories of their families, neighbours and members of the community to appreciate their various experiences from the 1950s onwards and to explore their favourite elements of popular culture in diverse settings. The project culminated in an exhibition at the Assembly Rooms, Boston, in July 2008. Sadiq Khan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government, attended the launch of the overview report during a visit to Boston in November 2008. This project overview and report is freely available for use by schools, not-for-profit organisations and community groups and can be downloaded using the link below.
Download the project overview and report (PDF, 4.2Mb)
Transitions Reading Resource
The Transitions Reading Resource is an annotated bibliography of over two hundred children’s picture books which aim to address many of the changes that children face in their lives. The project set out to develop a bibliography of age-appropriate picture books suitable for use by teachers, students and teacher educators, to help them to support children when facing change or preparing for it. Topics covered include death and bereavement, starting or changing school, family changes (including the birth of a new baby), celebrating rites of passage and the changes faced by refugees and asylum seekers. The resource was developed at Bishop Grosseteste University by students on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS and members of staff. The resource was launched at an event in the Sibthorp Library in February 2011. It is freely available for use by schools, not-for-profit organisations and community groups. For further information regarding the project, please contact Janice Morris, Children’s Literature Librarian, at email@example.com.
Family Diversities Reading Resource
The Family Diversities Reading Resource is an annotated bibliography of over a hundred children’s books which aim to address the difficult and sometimes complex issues of twenty-first century family life. The project set out to develop a bibliography of age-appropriate texts suitable for use by teachers, students and teacher educators, with a view to addressing the representation of families in primary school classrooms. Its aim is to allow all children the chance to see their particular family backgrounds represented fairly. Sometimes children cannot access images of their own family backgrounds in books available in schools. This can apply to children from two-parent, single-parent, adoptive, carer, traveller, extended and separated families from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It also includes children who have three or more parents/carers.
The Family Diversities Reading Group was formed in mid 2007 and consisted of the University’s Children’s Literature Librarian, students studying for the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, and a member of academic staff. Project coordinator Dr. Richard Woolley said: “It is often the perceived differences between children that impact on the ways in which they relate to one another, a fact that can often lead to bullying. This project focuses on similarity and difference, particularly in relation to differences in families, to consider how teachers can be proactive in valuing diversity and difference.”
The resource was formally launched on Wednesday 30th January 2008 in the Sibthorp Library, timed to coincide with Homelessness Week. Over 100 picture books for children were on display, all of which are featured in the bibliography.
Disability Reading Resource
The ‘Disability’ Reading Resource is an annotated bibliography of over fifty children’s picture books. The project set out to develop a bibliography of age-appropriate texts suitable for use by teachers, students and teacher educators, with a view to addressing how ‘disability’ is represented in primary school classrooms. It provides quality picture books for children across the primary phase of education which include ‘disability’ as a part of the natural landscape of everyday life. Project member Dr Richard Woolley commented that, “It is not always children’s needs that are disabling, it is their environments and the attitudes of those around them. These books illustrate situations where attitudes and settings are enabling and support children in their routines and activities.” The resource was developed at Bishop Grosseteste University by students on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS and members of staff.
For further information regarding the project, please contact Janice Morris, Children’s Literature Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.