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Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research

Creating world-leading research focused on teachers’ work, teaching practices and teacher education.

Director: Professor Martin Mills

About us 

What are we trying to achieve?

Our research is designed to:

  • enhance the status and conditions of teachers' work
  • contribute to workforce recruitment and retention
  • identify curricular, pedagogical and assessment practices that contribute to high quality educational experiences for all students
  • address the educational needs of pre-service and practising teachers in the context of changing policy, curricular and societal expectations.
How do we achieve our mission? 

Reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing

Our researchers are committed to social justice and work through high quality research projects that critique unjust practices in education and promote viable alternatives for reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing. 

Working across disciplinary and professional fields

We recognise that the educational experiences of young people and teachers are affected by the broad political and social context in which they live and work. We thus support research that works across disciplinary and professional fields to address educational problems.

Optimal conditions for teaching

Our centre recognises the significance of teachers' labour, intellectual and emotional, in affecting the life outcomes of young people. We thus conduct research into the optimal conditions (e.g. institutional, workplace, employment, sectoral) for allowing teachers (including Headteachers) to undertake work that makes a difference to young people in their care. 

Innovation

We also conduct creative research that trials and evaluates innovative practices challenging 'conventional wisdoms'. 

Team

Centre staff

Visiting academics

Academics from around the world who have visited our centre to collaborate on ground-breaking research.

Monash University, Australia

Griffith University, Australia

  • Dr Glenda McGregor, Reader in Education, School of Education and Professional Studies

The University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Nicole Mockler, Associate Professor of Education

The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Associate Professor Katie Makar, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
  • Dr Marnee Shay, Senior Lecturer, School Of Education

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Associate Professor Grace Sarra, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
  • Professor Annette Woods, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Activities

Our research

Current projects

Collaborations

Completed projects

Related projects 

Our centre also collaborates on:

Publications

For books, book chapters and journal articles from the centre:

Along with our colleagues in the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, the Centre hosts the Taylor and Francis journal Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice.

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