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Practitioner Research

UK jurisdictions have varying degrees of commitment to research-informed provision as part of their teacher Standards and the expectations of those who provide teacher education programmes. The work of the members of this cluster contributes to the current debate about teaching as a research-based profession. 

Julie Pearson's research focuses on shifting perspectives on education, physical education and higher education.

Charlotte Carr researches high quality mentoring in schools of mentors will have an impact on high quality provision of student experience

The title of Christine Edwards-Leis' research is ‘Making a difference? The perceptions of impact of practitioner research by teachers undertaking Masters degree study’.  This is a collaborative, longitudinal project with Dr d’Reen Struthers, UCL IoE, to investigate the immediate and longitudinal perceptions of success or otherwise of the research projects undertaken by Masters’ students to influence practice and policy in the contexts studied. 

Amy is passionate about exploring ways in which video game design principles can inform learning design for sports coaching pedagogy. This is the focus of her Professional Doctorate, where she studies Elite Performance at University of Central Lancashire. The title to Amy’s doctoral thesis is:  "Learning and performance returns from using digital game design principles in sport coaching". The context of the study is elite youth football in the U.K.



PhD students

  • Zoë Griffiths: What mental models are useful for effective school leadership?
  • Liz Bone: Educational leadership and management: Executive leadership of multi-academy trusts

All research degree students at St Mary’s are part of the Doctoral College. All potential research students must first submit an online enquiry form with details of their proposal.