PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FRSA
Since completing her PhD in 2001, Alison has worked in a number of research and teaching roles and has gained extensive experience of, and expertise in, designing and conducting mixed methods research in education and social psychology. Her research focuses on classroom life; that is, the experiences, relationships and perceptions of children, teachers and other practitioners in schools, with an emphasis on the utilization and application of research to improve professional practice. Specifically, her main research interests are teacher-pupil and peer relationships, the impact of social interaction on cognition and development, classroom identities, and the relationship between career phase and effective practice.
Over the past 15 years, Alison has contributed to the success of a range of international and national research projects funded by Research Councils and Government agencies, including studies of the work and lives of teachers (DfES), effective classroom practice (ESRC), school leadership and pupil outcomes (DfES), and inspirational and effective teachers (CfBT). She is currently engaged in a number of research projects including the professional identity of mid-career primary teachers, the role of school staff rooms, and the impact of friendships in the transition from pre-school to reception.
As well as her involvement in research, Alison has a number of additional responsibilities at University and Institute levels. She is Chair of the Humanities, Arts and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HASSREC), convenor of the Social Psychology of Education Research Interest Group, and course leader for the MRes Education. Alison is currently supervising 8 (4 PhD & 4 EdD) research students who come from a range of international and national contexts, and has supervised a further 12 (7 PhD & 5 EdD) students to successful completion of their studies.
Alison is lead editor of the forthcoming volume, Social and Learning Relationships in the Primary School, lead author of Effective Classroom Practice (2014, McGraw-Hill), co-author of Teachers Matter (2007), and co-editor of The Role of Theory and Research in Educational Practice (2008) and Paradigms and Research of Educational Practice (2012).She has also published papers and chapters relating to her substantive and methodological interests.
- PhD Education andSocial Psychology (University of Bristol, 2001)
- BEd (Hons) Primary Education and English (University of the West of England, 1994)
- Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014)
- Certificate: Associate Teachers Programme (2010)
- Certificate: Teaching and Learning (2008)
- Certificate: Research Management (2005)