RIPPLE - Research Into Professional Practice in Learning and Education

RIPPLE is a network of professionals interested in research as a form of critical engagement with our practice, including its subject-content, pedagogical and policy dimensions.

We welcome expressions of interest from colleagues who would like to discuss or present the outcomes of research into their professional practice. Breakfast Cafes are typically held during the last week of each month. PubMethods is an opportunity to meet monthly in The Gillygate Pub to discuss approaches to researching professional practice. The PubMethods group meets approximatly every two months at 5.00pm.

The established monthly Breakfast Cafes include action-oriented approaches but is not limited to them. More information on upcoming RIPPLE Breakfast Cafes will be available in due course. Book your place by emailing Academic Development.



Wednesday 21 February 2018, 09:00-10:00 - DG119

Use of Videos in Teaching and Learning
Amanda Smith

I would like to present information about the use of Video technologies in British Sign Language (BSL) classes, such as YouTube; following the recent publication of an article by myself and Dr Dai O’Brien. The BSL team has exploited technology to create a virtual library of online resources for students of BSL, ranging from beginners to advanced level students. I will describe the technology used in creating these videos, the practical issues which must be considered. I will also discuss some ethical issues with using such videos, including privacy, intellectual property rights and copyright. I will conclude with some suggestions for future research in order to measure the impact that the use of video technology has on the experience of our learners, both as learning resources to support their classroom learning, and as a means of submitting their work for assessment.

Is narrative an endangered species in schools?
Dr Cath Heinemeyer

Catherine Heinemeyer will argue that narrative knowledge (or ‘storyknowing’) is marginalised within the English school system, because it is misunderstood and often not recognised as knowledge. She will draw on her long-term collaborative practice research with a secondary teacher and three ‘low ability’ classes to examine the kinds of learning enabled by narrative, the reasons for its currently ‘endangered’ status, and the hopes for a reintroduction.  She will be very keen to plumb your thoughts and experiences as educationalists.

If you are interested, e-mail ADD to book your place.


Breakfast Cafes 2017-18

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017, 09:00-10:00 - DG127
  • Thursday 23 November 2017, 09:00-10:00 - DG127
  • Friday 26 January 2018, 09:00-10:00 - DG127 
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018, 09:00-10:00 - DG119 
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018, 09:00-10:00 - DG119
  • Thursday 24 May 2018, 09:00-10:00 - DG119 

PubMethods 2017-18 (no need to book)

  • Thursday 9 November 2017, 17:00-18:30
  • Tuesday 6 February 2018, 17:00-18:30
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018, 17:00-18:30
  • Friday 22 June 2018, 17:00-18:30

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