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Student Behaviour in the Classroom – Bath Spa University

Student Voice, Behaviour and Resistance


Student Voice, Behaviour and Resistance in the Classroom Environment

Tuesday 30 April, 2024 – Tuesday 30 April, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series 2023-24.

About the seminar

Dr Thomas Ralph (University of Exeter) presents his work investigating the motivations behind disruptive pupil behaviour through a novel theoretical framework that explores how students perceive schooling by uncovering what their behaviour can tell us. This research has recently been published as a book by Routledge. 

Thomas contends that non-compliant behaviour by students is not mindlessly reactive but is purposeful and a means to make themselves heard. He explores the dynamic understanding of the processes of placemaking and offers insights on how students create 'student-friendly' places by re-appropriating spaces within schools. 

Dr Kate Brooks sets the scene for our seminar by outlining the Attachment Research Community: its values and mission. She introduces our guest speaker.  

About the speakers

Dr Thomas Ralph is Senior Lecturer in Education and Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His research focuses on investigating how resistant pupils occupy space and make their voices heard in school.

He has recently been involved in research with Devon and Cornwall Police investigating practices to reduce youth reoffending. Thomas previously worked as a mathematics teacher and Head of Department in several comprehensive state schools in London and Dorset. 

Dr Kate Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in Education History and Heritage at Bath Spa University, having previously taught for many years in Cultural Studies and Screen Media. She is also the Award Leader for MA Professional Practice.

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