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Professor of Vocational Education

I am Professor of Vocational Education and Strategic Director of the University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teaching Training (SUNCETT).

I have a distinguished track record as a teacher-educator and educational researcher.

My research mainly focuses on the study of the nature of educational practice and the ways in which educational theory; practice and research are currently understood.

My first career was as a civil servant in the Department of Employment working as a regional and national policy adviser in the development, implementation and evaluation of Education and Training policy in England.

In 1990, I moved, first into initial teacher education posts and then into senior management roles in Further Education.

I joined the University of Sunderland in 2000, teaching and leading the University's programmes of initial and continuing professional development for teachers in the post compulsory education and training sector. Since then, I have successfully directed many research projects, evaluations and consultancies for a range of funders and clients including the Education and Training Foundation, other government departments and agencies, local authorities, colleges and schools.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for the current customised ETF-SUNCETT MPhil programme which currently supports 35 postgraduate research students at the University.

Completed Supervisions since 2014
    • John Johnston
    • Sam Broadhead: Practical Wisdom and Access to Art Education
    • John McVey: Pedagogy and Power in Vocational Education

Current PhD Supervisions Director of Studies

  • Karen Redhead
  • Brian Todd
  • Robin Webber Jones
  • Michael Smith 

Current PhD Co-supervisions
  • Andrew Buglass
  • Anne Curtis
  • Victoria Dow 

Research interests for potential research students

  • Teacher education
  • Practitioner-research
  • Vocational education
  • Reflective practice
  • Practice-focused research
  • Educational evaluation and improvement
  • Policy development and its impact upon practice

Research

Most recent research:
  • Gregson, M., and Spedding, T. (2018) Learning Together: Evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational Education through practice-focused research’. In Nägele, C., & Stalder, B. E. (Eds.) (2018). Trends in vocational education and training research. Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network VETNET). (pp.157-164).

Presentation:
  • Gregson, M and Spedding, P (2018) "Learning Together: evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational and Education through practice-focused research" European Conference on Educational Research, Balzano, Italy, September, 2018.

Publications

Number of items: 40.

Article

Baines, Martell and Gregson, Margaret (2020) Reflections of a Practitioner–Researcher in the Field of Widening Participation in Arts Education. Education Sciences, 10 (5). e133. ISSN 2227-7102

Gregson, Margaret (2020) In Practice: The Importance of Practitioner Research in Vocational Education. Education Sciences, 10 (3). e79. ISSN 2227-7102

Norton, Francis and Gregson, Margaret (2020) The Thinking Skills Deficit: What Role Does a Poetry Group Have in Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Adult Lifelong Learners in a Further Education Art College? Education Sciences, 10 (3). ISSN 2227-7102

Gregson, Daniel, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2019) Top-down and Inside Out: breaking boundaries between research, theory and practice. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 20 (3). pp. 36-52. ISSN 1913-8067

Gregson, Margaret and Hillier, Yvonne (2015) Working Together: Research and Scholarly Activity in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. International Journal of Training Research, 13 (2). pp. 106-108. ISSN 1448-0220

Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2011) Making room for argument: collaboration and change in the Further Education Sector. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X

Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2011) The role of Phronesis and Techne in pedagogical action and dialogue. Educational Theory. ISSN 0013-2004

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2010) Unlocking the Potential of Skills for Life (SfL) Tutors and Learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England. Unlocking the Potential of Skills for Life (SfL) Tutors and Learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England.

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2009) Assessing Effectiveness: ways of seeing impact. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Assessing Effectiveness: ways of seeing impact. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 21 (3).

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Trish (2007) Pedagogy and the Intuitive Appeal of Learning Styles in Post Compulsory Education in England. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 59 (1). pp. 39-51. ISSN 13636820

Spedding, Patricia, Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2007) Pedagogy and the intuitive appeal of learning styles in post-compulsory education in England. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, Vol 59 (1). pp. 39-51. ISSN 1363-6820

Gregson, Margaret, Elliott, Julian G, Higgins, Steve and Moseley, David (2005) Thinking Skills frameworks for use in education and training. British Educational Research Journal, 31 (3). pp. 367-390. ISSN 01411926

Gregson, Margaret and Baumfield, Vivienne (2003) Thinking through Pedagogy in Post 16 Teacher Education. Studies in Teaching and Learning, 4. pp. 2-8. ISSN 14665778

Book Section

Gregson, Margaret and Kessell-Holland, Paul (2020) The Facts of the Matter?: interpretive possibilities in policy and practice. In: Practice-Focused Research in Further Adult and Vocational Education Shifting Horizons of Educational Practice, Theory and Research. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030389932 (In Press)

Gregson, Margaret and Kessell-Holland, P. (2020) Practice! Practice! Practice! In: Practice-Focused Research in Further Adult and Vocational Education Shifting Horizons of Educational Practice, Theory and Research. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030389932 (In Press)

Gregson, Margaret and Kessell-Holland, Paul (2020) What Do We Mean by Good Work? issues of practice and standards of quality in vocational education. In: Practice-Focused Research in Further Adult and Vocational Education Shifting Horizons of Educational Practice, Theory and Research. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030389932 (In Press)

Gregson, Margaret and Todd, Brian (2019) Realizing Standards of Quality in Vocational Education and Training. In: Handbook of Vocational Education and Training for the Changing World of Work. Springer, Switzerland. ISBN 9783319945316

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2018) Learning Together: Evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational Education through practice-focused research’. In: Proceedings ofthe European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1 . Vocational Education and Training Network VETNET, Bern, pp. 165-172. ISBN 9781723598005

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 12.2 Unlocking the potential for improvement in Skills for Life teaching and learning at the local level. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 200-205. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 14.1 Ways of seeing impact. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 232-236. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 16.1 Helping good ideas to become good practice: Enhancing your professional practice through Joint Practice Development (JPD). In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 268-273. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2015) ‘Challenging the intuitive appeal of learning styles’. In: Readings for Reflective Teaching In Further Adult and Vocational Education. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781472586506

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Trish (2005) Philosophy Goes To College: An evaluation of a thinking skills intervention in post compulsary educaton and training in the North East of England. In: Vocational Learning: Transitions, Interrelationships, Partnerships and Sustainable Futures. Australian Academic Press, pp. 248-257. ISBN 187537860X

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Challenging the intuitive appeal of learning styles. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 30-33. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Chapter 16.1: Helping good ideas to become good practice: Enhancing your professional practice through Joint Practice Development (JPD). In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 268-273. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Tackling Prejudice Together: What are trainee teachers' experiences of prejudice in educational contexts? In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 255-259. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Monograph

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Mearns, Andrew (2008) Practitioners’ experiences of implementing national education policy at the local level. An examination of 16–19 policy. Technical Report. Institute of Education, University of London, London.

Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia, Moseley, David and Baumfield, Vivienne (2008) Evaluation of the Northumberland Raising Aspirations In Society (NRAIS) Project. Project Report. University of Sunderland Press, Sunderland.

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Mearns, Andrew (2008) Practitioners’ experiences of implementing national education policy at the local level. An examination of 16–19 policy research information. Project Report. Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Davies, Jane, Elliott, Julian G, Gregson, Margaret, Harker, Elizabeth and Oglethorpe, Brian (2003) An Evaluation of the Partners for Study Support Grant Scheme. Other. University of Sunderland, with the permission of DfES on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Conference or Workshop Item

Gregson, Daniel, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2019) Top-down and Inside-Out: breaking boundaries between, research, theory and practice. In: Comparative International Education Society Annual Research Conference (CIES 2019), April 14-18, 2016, San Francisco.

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2018) Learning Together: evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational and Education through practice-focused research. In: European Conference on Educational Research, 3rd -7th September, 2018, Bolzano, Italy.

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2018) Improving educational practice through educational research in Post Compulsory Education and Training in England. In: 3rd International Conference of the he Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE), 13-15 July 2018, Oxford.

Gregson, Margaret, Nixon, Lawrence and Kearney, Sheila (2013) Joint Practice Development: new research policy and practice partnerships in action in the FE and Skills Sector. In: British Education Research Association Conference, 3 - 5 Sep 2013, Falmer, University of Sussex.

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2013) Knowing Different: the impact of professional development on educational practice. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 27 Apr - 01 May 2013, San Francisco.

Book

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2020) Practice Focused Research in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030389932 (In Press)

Gregson, Margaret and Broadhead, Samantha (2018) Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9783319733111

Gregson, Margaret (2015) Readings for Reflective Teaching in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 978-1-7809-3815-8

Gregson, Margaret, Nixon, Lawrence, Spedding, Patricia and Pollard, Andrew (2015) Readings in Reflective Teaching and Adult Learning in Further and Vocational Education and Community Learning. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781472586506

Gregson, Margaret and Hillier, Yvonne (2015) Reflective Teaching in Further Adult and Vocational Education. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781780937922

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I am a member of two national Expert Panels for the Education and Training Foundation, the 'Higher Level Technical Education Panel' and the panel for 'Teachers' Professional Standards. In 2013, was invited to contribute to the work of the Commission for Adult and Vocational Teaching and (CAVTL).

I am a peer reviewer for several publishers including Open University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Bloomsbury. I am also peer-review for a number of prestigious journals including, the Journal of Vocational Education and Training and the Journal of Education, Technology and Society. I serve on the Editorial Board of Intuition, the professional journal of the Society for Education and Training.

I have conducted research in collaboration with a number of other Universities including, the Learning and Skills Research Network project 'Thinking Skill Frameworks for Post-16 learners: an evaluation' (led by David Moseley , Newcastle University 2004) and the ESRC project 'The Impact of Policy upon Practice' (led by Professor Frank Coffield, UCL, 2008-2011).

In 2006, with my colleague Trish Spedding, I co-designed the original SUNCETT project. This project is currently one of the longest standing practitioner-research programmes on the FE landscape in England. I am now leading the latest ETF-funded Practitioner Research Project, which supports practitioner-research at MA/MPhil Level on a national scale. This project runs for five years from 2018-2023.

Last updated 11 June 2019