Professional research, practice and learning

Centre for Educational Research

Covering a range of topics within the professional learning of educators

The Professional Research, Practice and Learning CERES group concerns itself with research informed practice of educators. Members of the group are interested in the professional learning of educators in schools, universities and various public sector organisations (e.g. museums, children’s centres).

Our work encompasses the study of learning between educators in different sectors, the contribution of research to organisational improvement/experiences and outcomes for young people, technology enhanced learning, the pedagogy of teacher education, andragogy, and educators’ research literacy.


Meet the members of this group:

Current work


Chemistry for All Outreach Programme
(Dr Andrea Mallaburn)

Competency based assessment of ITE students on school experience placement using Q analysis
(Richard Tynan)

Evaluating Community Writing Days in HE
(Dr Fran Tracy)

Evaluating the use of Peer Mentoring in Undergraduate Programmes
(Dr Claire Hennessey)

Knowledge exchange between teachers and researchers in Design and Technology (funded by the International Technology and Engineering Education Association)
(Matt McLain and colleagues in Glasgow University and Edge Hill University)

Learning Research with ZSL London Zoo’s Discovery Education and Learning team and London Primary Schools
(Dr Angela Daly, LJMU and Sarah Jenkins with Sarah Thomas, Stephanie Pace and Rachel Haydon- ZSL)

Mentoring Across Professions
(Dr Gillian Peiser, Debbie Duncalf, Dr Andrea Mallaburn in association with JMU colleagues in nursing, social work and paramedicine)

Monitoring, evaluation and learning research in STEM global learning projects
(Dr Angela Daly, LJMU with Julie Brown, Practical Action)

Nurturing young children’s sense of agency through artwork as a provocation using philosophical enquiry
(Dr Naomi McLeod, Liz Astbury, Kathy Stockell and Julie McCann)

Subject knowledge development of science student teachers
(Richard Tynan, Bryn Jones and Dr Andrea Mallaburn)

PhD students

Denise Wright: A Surestart to Art: Engaging very young children and families at Tate Liverpool

Hisham Fitori: Difficulties in teaching and learning English grammar in Libyan universities)

Kalum Bodfield: ADHD, identity and educational attainment

Khairul Anuar Saad: Peer coaching in Malaysia: exploring the implementation of a professional learning community programme for secondary school teachers

Nasra Al Abrawi: The challenges of designing and delivering an appropriate English as a foreign language curriculum for primary school aged children in Oman

Nur Azyan Mohd Shafee: The teaching of early reading in English using the phonics approach in Malaysian primary schools

Othman Alshareif: Western Media Representation of the Arab Spring Revolutions and its Impact on Staff and Students in a Libyan University Setting

Paul Irvine: Effective Support Mechanisms for those in the Formative Stages of Middle Leadership: A Case Study in the Secondary Independent Sector

Qianwen Zhang: Best Practice in the Marketing of Higher Education: A Comparative Study in Mainland China and England

Rachel Jackson: Developing teacher research literacy in an evidence-based policy context

Sarah Yearsley: Understanding sophomore attrition and retention

Siratam Udomtumanapab: Developing Creativity in Preschool Classrooms: Two Case Studies in the Thai Cultural Context

Victoria Brennan: Teachers’ perceptions of chemistry outreach work as a sustainable intervention tool which can have a lasting impact, particularly with pupils from a lower socio-economic background

Khalid Khalid: The impact of funding and allocation changes on the course choices available to prospective PGCE trainees, and the associated curriculum development of flexible and distance training within UK PGCE

Deborah Pope: Conceptions of subject knowledge in primary initial teacher training: the perspectives of student teachers and teacher educators

Janet Trigg: Creativity and Science: How can current early childhood curricula promote creativity and science for preschool children in Thailand

Rebecca Lawton: Parental Health Literacy

Marie Bush: Women's experiences of leadership in the secondary independent sector

Felix Obadan: The recruitment and retention of international students in a UK university

Contact us

If you are interested in working with us on a collaborative project, please contact Gillian Peiser.