Developing world-leading research and scholarship in areas of teachers' work, teaching and teacher education.
Director: Professor Martin Mills
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.
We also conduct creative research that trials and evaluates innovative practices challenging 'conventional wisdoms'.
- Professor Martin Mills – Director
- Dr Mark Hardman - Associate Professor
- Dr Becky Taylor – Senior Research Associate
- Dr Antonina Tereshchenko – Research Associate
- Dr Haira Gandolfi – Research Assistant
- Claire Pillinger – Research Assistant
- David Sharkey – Administration and Communications Officer
Academics from around the world who have visited our centre to collaborate on ground-breaking research:
- Dr Amanda Heffernan, Lecturer in Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia
- Dr Glenda McGregor, Reader in Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia
- Dr Nicole Mockler, Associate Professor of Education, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Dr Marnee Shay, Senior Lecturer, School Of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia
- Associate Professor Grace Sarra, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Including Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
- Professor Annette Woods, Faculty of Education, School of early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology
- Associate Professor Katie Makar, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland
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.
- Evaluation of Early Career Support Pilots, May 2019-July 2020, Education Endowment Fund
- Retention of Teachers from Minority Ethnic Groups in Disadvantaged Schools, May 2019-Sept 2019, British Academy/Leverhume Small Research Grant
- Evaluation of SMART Spaces, June 2017-Dec 2020, Education Endowment Fund
- Evaluation of KEEP Teaching: Physics Teacher Retention Project, Dec 2018-Dec 2022, Education Endowment Fund
- Student Grouping Study, Jan 2019-Jan 2022, Education Endowment Fund
- Investigative Research into Alternative Education, Jan 2018-June 2018, Department for Education.
Our centre also collaborates on:
Recent publications by our staff related to the work of the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research:
- Teaching in Alternative and Flexible Education Settings, edited by Martin Mills, Kitty te Riele, Glenda McGregor, and Aspa Baroutsis. Published by Routledge, 2018.
- International Perspectives on Alternative Education: Policy and Practice, edited by Martin Mills and Gillean McCluskey. Published by UCL IOE Press, 2018.
- The Use of Interactive Fiction to Promote Conceptual Change in Science, Associate Professor Mark Hardman. Published in Science & Education.
- Ghosts in the Curriculum - Reframing Concepts as Multiplicities, Associate Professor Mark Hardman. Published in The Journal of Philosophy of Education.
For a full list of publications, see centre staff profiles on the Institutional Research Information System (IRIS)