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Elaine Wilson


University Senior Lecturer in Education

EdD Programme Manager 

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+ 44 (0) 1223 336297



BSc, PGCE, (University of Bath)

MEd, PhD, (University of  Cambridge)


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Collaborative Action Research Network
  • Comparative and International Education Society 

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Dr Elaine Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty and is a Fellow of Homerton College. Elaine was a secondary school chemistry teacher in Bath and Cambridge and was awarded a Salters' Medal for chemistry teaching. She has also received two career awards for teaching in Higher Education; the University of Cambridge Pilkington Teaching Prize, in recognition of excellence in University teaching and a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of excellence in teacher education leadership. 
Elaine teaches PGCE, Masters and Doctoral students. Her research interests  are  in; Implementation and Improvement Science, Education Reform, Teacher Education, and Digital Technology. She recently developed and implemented a whole country teacher reform programme in Kazakhstan  and has also advised Education Minsters in Japan and the Norwegian Research Council. 

Academic Area

Psychology, Education and Learning Studies 

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Research Interests

  • Implementation and Improvement Science 
  • Education and International  Development
  • Education Policy and Evaluation 
  • Teacher Learning and Pedagogy 
  • Teacher and Professional Education 
  • Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Current Research Projects

Teachers' Professional Learning and School Leadership 

Implementation and Improvement Science 

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Course Involvement

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Selected Publications


Implementation and Improvement Science

Wilson, E., & Sharimova, A. (2019) Conceptualizing the implementation of Lesson Study in Kazakhstan within a Social Theory framework. International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies,  8(4) 

Элейн Уилсон, (2018) Қазақстандағы мектеп басшыларының дамуы. Мектепті басқару, Педагогикалық диалог журналының 4 (26)

ЭЛЕЙН УИЛСОН (2017) Ғылыми бағдарламаларды жетілдіру және іске асыру үдерісінде оқыту: Сингапур мен Қазақстандағы практикалық зерттеулердің үлгісі. ПЕДАГОГИКАЛЫҚ ДИАЛОГ ПЕДАГОГИЧЕСКИЙ ДИАЛОГ PEDAGOGICAL DIALOGUE 3 (21) , 52 – 60

Ng, W.S.T. & Wilson, E. (2017) A Perspective of Teachers’ Appropriation of Educational Innovations, International Journal of Learning and Lesson Study,6 (3), pp.202-215.  

Wilson, E. (2017) Bringing about change in schools; the case of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Centre of Excellence Teacher and Leadership Programmes. Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Centre of Excellence, Nazarbayve Intellectual Schools, Kazakhstan.

Wilson, E. (2017) Alternative paths to upgrading existing teacher qualifications: the Kazakhstan- based Centre of Excellence Teacher Education Programme. In M.Hartley & A. Ruby, (Eds) Higher Education Reform and Development: The case of Kazakhstan. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Wilson, E. (2017) Reflections on the process of implementing a large scale teacher improvement programme throughout Kazakhstan. Carnegie Foundation Summit. March, San Francisco.

Wilson, E. (2016) Upgrading teacher qualifications, teacher education in Kazakhstan. European Educational Research Association. September , University College Dublin.

Wilson, E. (2016) Teacher professionalism in Kazakhstan. Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver.

Wilson, E. (2016) Education Reform. Graduate School of Education, Invited Speaker, Nagoya University, Japan. April 2016.

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

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.

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

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), 701-71

Teacher Education and Well-being

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

Education Policy

Wilson, E. (2015) Moving from Initial Education through the Professional Learning Continuum, the Role of Universities. In J. Simons (ed) The Importance of Teachers. A collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention. Policy Exchange.
Wilson, E. (2014) The future for Initial Teacher Training, teacher supply and professional development. Westminster Forum.
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.
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. (2013) Higher Education Academy. Learning to teach; Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment.Learning to Teach.
Wilson, E. (2012) Great teachers:attracting, training and retraining the best. Education Select Committee.
Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010) Student voice revisited: its power in sustaining new teachers. Department for Children, Schools and Families.
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. Education Policy in Europe, Tallinn University Estonia, 13th September 2010

Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Technology

Childs, A. & Wilson, E. (2017) Chemistry Session Guides, 11 -13 and 14 -16. In I. Abrahms & M. Reiss, Enhancing learning with practical science 11- 16. London, Bloomsbury.
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
Wilson, E. (2014) Blended learning in higher education. Invited Speaker. Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Astana. November
Wilson, E. (2011) Using ICT in science teaching. Invited speaker. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City. August 2011.
Wilson, E. & Demetriou, H. (2007) New teacher learning; substantive knowledge and contextual factors.The Curriculum Journal, 18 (3) 213- 229
Wilson, E. (2005) Powerful pedagogical strategies in initial teacher education, Teachers and Teaching; theory and practice, 11 (4)1470-1478.
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. (2009) Using a blended learning approach in a school - university initial teacher education course. International Conference on Educational Research for Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,

Research Methods

Thomas Cowhitt, Timothy Butler & Elaine Wilson (2019): Using social network
analysis to complete literature reviews: a new systematic approach for independent researchers
to detect and interpret prominent research programs within large collections of relevant literature,
International Journal of Social Research Methodology
To link to this article:

Wilson, E. & Abibulayeva, A. (2017) An Introduction to Educational Research Methods (In Russian and Kazakh). Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan & The British Council.
Wilson, E. (2017) School-based Research: A Guide for Education Students. 3rd Edition. London, Sage.
Wilson, E. (2017) Action Research, in E Wilson, (Ed) School - based Research, London, Sage.
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.