School:School of Education
Lucie is a researcher with qualifications in child development and early years education. Her specialist areas are in home and alternative forms of education, and she is currently studying for a PhD on the Home Educator Identity.
Before joining ARU, Lucie spent over 12 years working in various educational settings such as parent and toddler groups, preschools, private nurseries, primary schools and SEND schools, where she gained a wealth of experience in the classrooms. In 2020, Lucie joined ARU as a research assistant because she wanted to be instrumental in researching how to improve the challenges she found working in education. With a passion for problem solving and a keen interest in social justice and policy change, Lucie has worked to build a research portfolio based around her interests in home and alternative forms of education, child development, inequalities, carers and identities.
Lucie is also a home educating parent of a teenager, an author of two fiction books raising awareness around parenting and SEND and is currently studying for a PhD looking at the multi-faceted identity of the Home Educator.
Lucie is a keen advocate for finding the best ways to educate children and a firm believer that every child deserves to receive their education in the best way for them, as individuals. With her background qualifications in child development and early years education, Lucie understands the importance of identifying and embracing that every child is unique and will therefore learn in an individualised way. Because of this, Lucie’s main research interests centre around finding alternative ways to deliver education and how to best support both the children, and the parent/carers.
Wheeler, L. (2023). Widening Access for Home-Educated Applicants to Higher Education Institutions in England. International Journal of Educational and Life Transitions, 2(1): 11, pp. 1–12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijelt.54
Moreau, M.P. & Wheeler, L. (2023) Through a glass, darkly: Gazing into the field of carers in academia, Review of Education. 11(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3387
Wheeler, L., ‘Widening Access for Home-Educated Applicants to Higher Education Institutions in England.’ Chelmsford Science Festival, Anglia Ruskin University. 12 October 2022
Wheeler, L. ‘Home Education: The what, why and how’, Teachers Talk Radio Podcast. 10 February 2023