My research focuses on emotions and education. I have a specific interest in the ways disadvantage, inequality and discrimination frame experiences of social and emotional well-being in the educational space. Amongst my research activities, I have explored the interpretation and enactment of social and emotional learning; SEND policy and provision and its emphasis on emotions; and emotions and mathematics. I have published widely on emotions and education, presenting the findings from my work in a range of high impact journals, both nationally and internationally. If you wish to apply for a PhD at LJMU on any of the above, or related topics, please do get in touch.
In my role as a senior lecturer in the School of Education, I teach across our suite of Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies degrees, and as Director of Studies, supervise a range of doctoral students’ projects on topics including: 'The impact and effect of the UK government’s counter-terrorism policies, guidance, and legislation on secondary education', ‘School stakeholders’ experiences of the transition from mainstream to specialised SEND provision’ and ‘Social, emotional and behavioural interventions in schools’. I have supervised students to successful completion of their doctoral degrees and regularly examine PhDs associated with my research area.
I am a consulting editor for the journal 'Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Psychology' and sit on the editorial board of 'Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education'. I peer review for other journals such as 'Gender and Education', 'International Journal of Early Years' and 'Psychology of Education Review', and have guest edited special issue journals on topics such as: 'National and international approaches to SEND identification and provision'. At present, I am busy editing a book: 'Special educational needs and disability: Policy, provision and practice across countries' which is to be published by Routledge in 2021.
Lancaster University, United Kingdom, PhD
Lancaster University, United Kingdom, MA, Educational Research
University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MEd, Educational Psychology
Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BSc, Applied Psychology
Associate Supervisor, University of Nottingham Malaysia, 2019 - present
External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University, 2019 - present
Putwain D, Schmitz E, Wood P, Pekrun R. 2021. The Role of Achievement Emotions in Primary School Mathematics: Control-Value Antecedents and Achievement Outcomes British Journal of Educational Psychology, 91 :347-367 DOI Author Url Public Url
Wood P. 2020. Emotional manipulation in social and emotional learning and pastoral support: the ‘dark side’ of emotional intelligence and its consequences for schools Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 25 :321-333 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Putwain D, Wood P, Pekrun R. 2020. Achievement Emotions and Academic Achievement: Reciprocal Relations and the Moderating Influence of Academic Buoyancy Journal of Educational Psychology, DOI Public Url
Wood P. 2020. Emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning: (Mis)interpretation of theory and its influence on practice Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 34 :153-166 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P, Legg N. 2019. Special educational needs and disability provision within an English multi-academy trust: capturing the vision of its practitioners Education 3-13, 48 :288-302 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P. 2018. Social and emotional learning schemes as tools of cultural imperialism: a manifestation of the national and international child well-being agenda? Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 36 :253-265 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P, Brownhill S. 2018. 'Absent fathers’, and children’s social and emotional learning: an exploration of the perceptions of ‘positive male role models’ in the primary school sector Gender and Education, 30 :172-186 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P. 2017. ‘We are trying to make them good citizens’: The utilisation of SEAL to develop ‘appropriate’ social, emotional and behavioural skills amongst pupils attending disadvantaged primary schools Education 3-13, 46 :741-754 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P. 2016. 'It's something I do as a parent, it's common sense to me' - Non-teaching staff members' perceptions of SEAL and their role in the development of children's social, emotional and behavioural skills The Psychology of Education Review, 40 :39-44 Public Url
Wood P, Warin J. 2014. Social and emotional aspects of learning: Complementing, compensating and countering parental practices British Educational Research Journal, 40 :937-951 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wood P. 2011. More than one way to implement SEAL: What can we learn from contrasting approaches to SEAL? Social and Emotional Learning Update, :6-7
Editorial/letter to the editor
Wood P. 2019. Promoting and marginalising young children’s social and emotional experiences through SEL Murray J, Palaiologou I. Young Children's Emotional Experiences London: Routledge 9780367257255 DOI
Wood P. 2016. Social and Emotional Learning in Britain: Guarding against cultural pollution or maintaining culture? Brown MA. Migration and the Education of Young People 0-19: An Introductory Guide :22-37 London: Routledge 9781138903777 DOI
Wood P. 2015. Values production through social and emotional learning O'Grady A, Cottle V. Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level Policy, Theory and Practice :52-62 London: Routledge 9781138814080 DOI
Wood P. 2017. Social and emotional learning schemes as tools of cultural imperialism European Conference on Educational Research, University College, Copenhagen, 22-25 August
McDonnell J, Wood P. 2016. 'British values' and character in UK education policy: Lessons from citizenship education and SEAL 8th Annual Conference for Research in Education: Values in Education, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 12-13 July
McDonnell J, Wood P. 2016. The political, moral and psychological contours of 'British values' promotion in UK education policy Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education, RMIT University, Barcelona, 6-8 July
Wood P. 2015. ‘It’s something I do as a parent, it’s common sense to me’ – Primary school staff members’ perceptions of SEAL and their role in the development of children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills. The British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, Annual Conference, Jury's Inn, Liverpool, 23-24 October
Wood P. 2011. The role of SEAL in endorsing ‘normal’ behaviour. 2nd Critical Disabilities Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 14-15 September
Wood P. 2011. Holes in a ‘whole-school approach’: Variability between school staff members in their interpretation, use and evaluation of SEAL. 3rd Annual Conference on Learner Identity: Equity, Identity and Education, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 7-8 July
Wood P. 2011. Social and emotional aspects of learning: Complementing, compensating and countering parental styles. 2nd Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference, Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, 20 May
Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, Editorial Board Member. 2020
Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Psychology, Consulting Editor. 2020
External PGR examinations performed:
Lancaster University, PhD, Exploring the promotional advancements for practitioners in British primary school education: ‘Gendered micropromotions’. 2020
Lancaster University, PhD, Teachers’ awareness of Pupil Premium students through their lesson planning and delivery. 2018
External PGR Supervision - completed students:
Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, The importance of utilising the environment through a sustainable lens in early childhood: An organic and authentic narrative. 2020
Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, An ethnographic exploration of the starting school transition within an English school. 2018
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCE). 2014
Research Grants Awarded:
Association for the Study of Primary Education, SEND provision and inclusive practice within a Multi-Academy Trust: exploring the vision of its practitioners, Grant value (£): 4,222.54.
Learning by Questions, Learning by Questions: What is the impact on pupil achievement in maths and attitude towards learning maths?, Prof Dave Putwain, Grant value (£): 10,863.36.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (FHEA).
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, British Educational Research Association (BERA).
Member, British Psychological Society (BPS).
Member, Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA).