Research in the School of Teacher Education has a particular focus on the dynamic between theoretical frameworks from the various academic disciplines and innovative teaching practices.

The School has a long-standing tradition and reputation for research-led teaching and learning across the different phases of education.

Current research from our academics includes important contributions in the areas of:

  • Early years education
  • Technology and education
  • Physical Education
  • Post-compulsory education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Creativity and media education


Recent research

  • Barron, E. 'Primary headteachers’ perceptions of schools’ roles in training teachers within a changing landscape of teacher training practice' in Wearmouth, J. & Goodwyn, A.( eds.) (2019) Pupil, Teacher and Student Voice in Educational Institutions, London: Routledge
  • Capel, S., Bassett, S., Lawrence, J., Newton, A. and Zwozdiak-Myers, P., (2018) Writing, Using and Evaluating Lesson Plans, European Physical Education Review
  • Bassett, S., Bowler, M. and Newton, A.,(2018) ‘Supporting beginning physical education teachers to deliver and evaluate their lessons’ in Mentoring Physical Education Teachers in the Secondary School, London: Routledge
  • Bassett, S., Bowler, M. & Newton, A., (2018) ‘Schemes of work, units of work and lesson planning’ in Capel, S., Leask, M. & Younie, S. (Eds) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience.8th edn. London: Routledge
  • Bowler, M., Keyworth, S, McKeown, J. and Newton, A. (2018) Chapter on Secondary PE in Capel, S. and Lawrence,J. (Eds) Debates in Physical Education. 2nd Edition, London: Routledge
  • Connolly, S. & Readman, M.  (2017)’ Towards  "Creative Media Literacy"’ International Handbook of Media Literacy Education. De Abreu, B., Mihailidis, P., Yee, A., Melki, J. & McDougall,J. (eds)  Routledge. Oxford.
  • Connolly, S. (2018) "W(h)ither Media in English?" in Goodwyn, A., Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Zancanella, D. & Scherff, E. (Eds.). The Future of English teaching worldwide and its histories: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth conference. London, Routledge
  • Goodchild, A. (2017) 'Part-time students in transition:supporting a successful start to higher education’, Journal of Further and Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1404560.
  • Hopkins, N. (2018), ‘Dewey and the Democratic Curriculum’ in Heilbronn et al. (eds.), Dewey and Education in the 21st Century: Fighting back, Bingley: Emerald Publishing
  • Hopkins, N. (2018), ‘Dewey, Democracy and Education, and the school curriculum’, Education 3-13, 46, 4: 433-440.
  • Hopkins, N. and and Coster, W. (2018), ‘The Levellers, political literacy and the contemporary Citizenship curriculum in England’, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (published online, awaiting volume and issue publication)
  • Belas, O. and Hopkins, N. (2019), Subject English and citizenship education, British Educational Research Journal (publishing in 2019)
  • Hudson-Glynn, K. 'Lessons learnt by student teachers from the use of children’s voice in teaching practice' in Wearmouth, J. & Goodwyn, A.( eds.) (2019) Pupil, Teacher and Student Voice in Educational Institutions, London: Routledge
  • Mistry, M. (2019), Teaching religious education: researchers in the classroom, Education 3-13. 47(3):379-380
  • Shea, J., Stockford, T. (2017), ‘A Critical Approach to Global Citizenship in Initial Teacher Training in the UK’, Journal of Pedagogic Development, 7(2)
  • Shea, J. (2019), ‘The hidden voice of pre-service teachers in their private social media interactions’ in Wearmouth, J. (ed.), Pupil, Teacher and Student Voice in Educational Institutions, London: Taylor and Francis.
  • Thompson, C. and Wolstencroft, P. (2017) 'Chained and Engrained - Breaking the Powerpoint Dependency Cycle in English Education', Journal of Pedagogic Development, Vol 7:1 (Spring 2017).
  • Thompson, C., (2018), The Trainee Teacher’s Handbook, London: Sage/Learning Matters.
  • Thompson, C. (2019), The Magic of Mentoring: Developing Others and Yourself, London: Routledge.
  • Wicks, K. (2018), Challenging the fear: a framework for addressing anxiety in adults learning mathematics, in Golding, J., Bretscher, N., Crisan, C., Geraniou, E., Hodgen J. and C. Morgan (Eds). (2018) Research Proceedings of the 9th British Congress on Mathematics Education (3-6 April 2018, University of Warwick, UK). Online at

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