Dr Nathan Fretwell joined Middlesex University in June 2016. Prior to that he taught on undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Education at London Metropolitan University. He has substantial experience of undertaking funded research and has previously worked as an educational researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University. Nathan has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nathan has specialisms in:
Family policy and home-school relationships. Nathan has undertaken commissioned research into parental engagement strategies with "hard to reach" groups and is interested, more broadly, in work exploring the relationships between parents, children, and schools and the impact of family policy upon parenting practices.
Social inequalities and education. A significant feature of Nathan's research agenda is a commitment to social justice in education. As such, he is interested in exploring and uncovering the effects of social inequalities on educational opportunities. Nathan is currently working on notions of marginal childhoods in this context.
Philosophy of Education. Nathan has a comprehensive background in philosophical research and inquiry and has particular interests in alternative educational philosophies. His current work in this area focuses on conceptualising the role of pedagogical authority and the place of power in classroom settings.
BA (Hons) Philosophy, London Metropolitan University
MA Philosophy, University of Essex
PhD Philosophy, University of Essex
Learning & Teaching Interests
Nathan teaches across the BA Education Studies and BA Early Childhood Studies degree programmes. He has teaching specialisms in education and family policy; philosophy; sociology of education and social theory; and alternative education.
Nathan currently has teaching responsibilities on the following modules:
EDU1205 Key Thinkers and Philosophies of Education
EDU2201 Researching Lives: Social Investigation in the Contemporary World
EDU2205 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
EDU2308 Education and the Social World (Module Leader)
Nathan would be interested to hear from any prospective research students who wish to undertake research in any of the following areas:
Family/Educational policy, parenting, and home-school relations.
Social inequalities, marginality and education.
Philosophy of education and radical/alternative educational ideas and practices.
Research Outputs & Interests
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Nathan has undertaken research for a variety of different funding bodies, including local government departments, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the European Commission.