Position papers

About these papers

On this page you'll find links to a series of short 'position papers' based on work in progress on Enquiring Minds, drawing from current research to articulate and situate the project in relation to the political language and academic analysis of education today.

Childhood - growing up or just made up?

By Ben Williamson, Learning Researcher, Futurelab
March 2008

This paper explores current debates about what ‘childhood’ means, demonstrating how it is imagined differently in a range of diverse sorts of texts and media.

Open pdf version of 'Childhood - growing up or just made up?' position paper - 11 pages, 179kb

Student voice and the ‘marketisation’ of school reform?

By Ben Williamson, Learning Researcher, Futurelab
February 2008

This article explores the theoretical and cultural dimensions of student voice in order to highlight both its limitations and its potential.

Open pdf version of 'Student voice and the ‘marketisation’ of school reform?' position paper - 9 pages, 177kb

Well-being, school, and the ‘crisis’ of childhood

By Ben Williamson, Learning Researcher, Futurelab
November 2007

This short article draws from research on the literature surrounding the current ‘well-being’ agenda in educational policy.

Open pdf version of 'Well-being, school, and the ‘crisis’ of childhood' position paper - 7 pages, 133kb