How one thinks about theory, of course, depends upon bigger considerations, i.e. how one understands reality, the nature of knowledge and so on. One of the curators has some notes that might be useful in terms of thinking about this important part of doing research.
Here is a link to another discussion of the role and use of theory in educational research.
What follows is a list of names of theoretical resources being drawn upon by research staff and research students in the School of Education. It will be added to as more supervisors are added to the site.