Empowerment through education

Critical pedagogy

Critical pedagogy involves the study of education as an instrument of emancipation and empowerment as well as a means of increasing the knowledge and skills of learners. This fits well with our values at the University of Derby.

“The teacher is, of course, an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire, advocate of critical pedagogy


Research conducted within the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care around the issue of critical pedagogy is leading to changes in the way services are managed and delivered. Examples of impact are our involvement in the national and regional networks supporting clinical education and the transition from student to registered health professional.

Our ongoing research seeks to influence national policy regarding health and social care apprenticeship training. 


Network evaluation

2018 Clinical nurse educator network: making a connection. Evaluation of a network set up in 2014 as a result of our research findings. Early results were presented at the Nurse Education Today (NET) conference in September 2018.

Supporting nurses

2016 Supporting Newly Qualified Nurses. A series of research and descriptive articles were produced as an outcome of this research.

Ongoing projects

Our research across the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care related to critical pedagogy:

Our team

Critical pedagogy is a topic that is researched by: