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Elaine Wilson


University Senior Lecturer in Education

E-mail Address


01223 336297


BSc, PGCE, (Bath)

MEd, PhD, (Cantab)


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Collaborative Action Research Network

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Senior Lecturer in Education  

Fellow of Homerton College.

Co director (with Fay Turner) Teacher Education Reform Programme in Kazakhstan


Elaine was a secondary school chemistry teacher in Bath and Cambridge and was awarded a Salters' Medal for Chemistry teaching while working at Parkside Community College in Cambridge. Elaine is active in Outreach work with schools and has been a Lead Teacher at Salters' Chemistry Camps.

She has received two career awards for teaching in Higher Education

2004  University of Cambridge Pilkington Teaching Prize  in recognition of excellence in teaching

2004  National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of excellence in teacher education leadership

Member of the International Editorial Board, Educational Action Research journal.

Invited Speaker

Blended learning in higher education. Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Astana. November 2014 

The future for Initial Teacher Training, teacher supply and professional development. Westminster Forum. April 2014

Teacher Professional Development in the 21st Century. International research to practice conference. Astana, Kazaksthan, December 2012.

University - school based partnerships; networking to increase social capital. University of Exeter. 29 May 2012

Using ICT in science teaching. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) , Mexico City. August 2011

Teacher Knowledge and Learning. University of Bilkent, Ankara. July 2011

Academic Area

Leadership for Learning

International Educational Development Programme

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Research Interests

Teacher Leadership 

International Education 

Workplace Learning with Alison Fox, University of Leicester

Analysis of the interactions of new and recently qualified teachers' networks. 

Teacher Identity and Agency 

Teacher identity and agency with particular emphasis on career changers during the transition from earlier  careers through Initial Teacher Education and into the first teaching post.

Teacher Retention, Teacher Emotions and Perfectionism

Longitudinal study of new teachers in their first five years of teaching which has led to published work on teacher retention and teacher emotions. 

Current Research Projects

Teachers' professional learning 
Teacher Education Reform in Kazakhstan

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Course Involvement

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Selected Publications



Wilson, E. (2012) School-based Research: A Guide for Education Students. 2nd Edition. London, Sage. Watch  Podcast Read Reviews

Warwick, P., Wilson, E., & Winterbottom, M. (2006) Learning and Teaching Primary Science with ICT. Buckingham, Open University Press.


Turner, F., Wilson, E., Ispussinova, S., Kassymbekov, Y., Sharimova, A., Balgynbayeva, B. & Brownhill, S. (2014) Centres of Excellence: Systemwide transformation of teaching practice. In D. Bridges, Educational reform and internationlisation. The case of school reform in Kazakhstan.Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Wilson, E. (2012) Building social capital in teacher education through university–school partnership. In M. Evans, (Ed) (2012) Teacher Education and Pedagogy: theory, policy and practice. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Demetriou, H., Wilson , E. & Winterbottom, M. (2012) Perfection in teaching...settling for excellence. In M. Evans, (Ed) (2012) Teacher Education and Pedagogy: theory, policy and practice. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Wilson, E. (2012) Action Research, in E Wilson, (Ed) School - based Research, London, Sage

Wilson, E. (2011) Beyond Compliance: University – School Network Learning Partnerships. In. Eisenschmidt , E & Löfström , E (eds)  Developing Quality Cultures in Teacher education : Expanding Horizons in Relation to Quality Assurance , Tallinn University , Tallinn.

Journal Articles

Teacher Reform 
Turner, F., Brownhill, S. & Wilson, E. (2016) The transfer of content knowledge in a cascade model of professional development. Teacher Development 

Teacher Education

Wilson, E & Demetriou, H. (2012) Новые знания учителю и обучению. Pedagogical Dialogue (1)

Wilson. E. (2010) Un "nouveau professionnalisme" des enseignants au Royaume-Uni. Former des enseignants (Teacher Training). Revue Internationale d'éducation de Sèvres, Issue 55.

Wilson, E. & Demetriou, H. (2007) New teacher learning; substantive knowledge and contextual factors.The Curriculum Journal, 18 (3) 213- 229.

Teacher Identity

Wilson, E. & Deaney, R. (2010) Changing career and changing identity: How do teacher career changers exercise agency in identity construction? Social Psychology of Education,13(2)169 - 183. 

Teacher Networks

Fox, A. & Wilson, E. (2015) Networking and the development of professionals: beginning teachers building social capital. Teaching and Teacher Education, 47, 93 - 107. 

Fox, A., Wilson, E. & Deaney, R. (2011) Beginning Teachers’ Workplace Experiences: Perceptions of and Use of Support. Vocations and Learning, 4 (1) 1-24.

Fox, A., Deaney, R. & Wilson, E. (2010) Examining beginning teachers’ perceptions of workplace support. Journal of Workplace learning,  22 (4), 212-227.

Fox, A. & Wilson, E. (2009) "Support our networking and help us belong!": listening to beginning secondary school science teachers. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 15 (6), 701-718

Teacher Motivation, Emotions and Perfectionism

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2012)  It’s bad to be too good: the perils of striving for perfection in teaching. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 46 ,1801 – 1805

Wilson, E., Demetriou, H. & Winterbottom, M. (2010) Climate change: what needs to be done in order to motivate and sustain new teachers. Science Teacher Education, 57, 34-43.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2009) Synthesising affect and cognition in teaching and learning.
Social Psychology of Education: an International Journal 12 (2) 213-232

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2008) A return to the use of emotion and reflection, The Psychologist, 21 (11)

Demetriou, H., Wilson, E. & Winterbottom, M. (2009) The role of emotion in teaching: Are there differences between male and female newly qualified teachers' approaches to teaching? Educational Studies, 35 (4) 449-473

Other Studies

Martindill, D. & Wilson, E. (2015),"Rhetoric or reality? A case study into how, if at all, practical work supports learning in the classroom", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 4 (1) pp. 39 - 55

Klassen, R., Wilson, E., Fiu, A., Hannok, W., Wong,M. & Wongsri, N. (2013) Work Stress and Occupational Commitment of Pre-Service Teachers in Four Countries: The Mediating Effect of Self-Efficacy. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 28 (4) 1289 - 1309

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010) Children should be seen and heard: the power of student voice in sustaining new teachers. Improving Schools, 13, 1-16.

de Winter, J.A., Winterbottom, M. & Wilson, E. (2010) Developing a user guide to integrating new technologies in science teaching and learning: teachers' and pupils' perceptions of affordances. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 19 (2) 261-267.

Wilson, E (2005) Powerful pedagogical strategies in initial teacher education, Teachers and Teaching; theory and practice, 11 (4)1470-1478

Wilson, E. (2004) Using activity theory as a lens to analyse interaction in a university - school initial teacher education and training partnership. Educational Action Research, 12(4)587-612.

Other Submissions and Research Reports 

HEA.Learning to teach: Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment.Learning to Teach. September 2013

Great teachers:attracting, training and retraining  the best . Education Select Committee. April 2012 

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010) Student voice revisited: its power in sustaining new teachers. Department for Children, Schools and Families.

National Network for Science Learning Centres (2010) Excellent and highly effective practice in Initial Teacher Training  (ITT) and Early Professional Development (EPD) in secondary science teaching across England. London: Training and Development Agency.

Conference Proceedings

Tolykbayeva,G., Assubayev, B., Gabdollakyzy, B., Sharimova, A. & Wilson, E. (2014) Teacher Education Reform in Kazakhstan: conceptualizing Lesson Study as a driver for transforming classroom practice. World Association of Lesson Study Conference, Becoming Reflective Educators and Professionals of Learning. Bandung, Indonesia

Wilson, E., Turner, F., Sharimova, A. & Brownhill, S. (2013) Reform at Scale: Teacher Development in Kazakhstan. European Educational Research Association. 10 - 13 September, 
Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul

Wilson , E. (2011)  The selective use of teacher education research. Policy in the UK, evidence based or ideologically driven? Teacher Education Policy in Europe, University of Vienna, Austria,  14th May 2011

Wilson, E. (2010)  Beyond Compliance: University-School Network Learning Partnerships. Related Media link 
Teacher Education Policy in Europe, Tallinn University Estonia, 13th September 2010

Wilson, E. (2009) Using a blended learning approach in a school - university initial teacher education course.
International Conference on Educational Research for Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 2009. 

Fox, A., Deaney, R. & Wilson, E. (2009) Perceptions of the workplace by new teachers, paper presented at the Researching Workplace Learning 6th annual conference, Roskilde University, Copenhagen, 28 June – 3 July 2009.

Fox, A. & Wilson, E. (2009) Networking for support: learning from the experiences of beginning science teachers, paper presented to the Teacher Education division of the AERA Annual Conference, San Diego, USA, 11-14th April 2009.

Wilson, E. (2008) Using blended learning in a science education masters course, Proceedings of the International Association for Scientific Knowledge Conference: Teaching and Learning, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 538 - 545.

McIntyre, J., Hobson, A., Mitchell, N. & Wilson, E. (2008) 'Drinking water in the desert?' Findings from the evaluation of the University of Cambridge early professional development network for beginning teachers. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 3 - 6 September 2008

Wilson, E. & Demetriou, H. (2006) New teachers' perspectives on their early years of teaching. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 6-9 September 2006