Pat Thomson

Pat Thomson
University of Nottingham | Notts · School of Education

PhD

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Introduction
Professor of Education Director of Centre for Research in Schools and Communities Editor Educational Action Research Journal patter blog patthomson.net Twitter @ThomsonPat
Additional affiliations
May 2003 - present
University of Nottingham
Position
  • Professor (Full)
February 1999 - April 2003
University of South Australia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (249)
Technical Report
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A review of twenty years of literatures on the benefits of Art Craft and Design Education.
Technical Report
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Phase one of research into school years work and wellbeing during the pandemic
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Art educators are increasingly interested in the affective dimensions of pedagogy. This article explores students’ reports of feeling more relaxed and less stressed in the art room, data drawn from a three‐year study of thirty arts‐rich secondary schools. Drawing on recent scholarship on affect, we suggest that these feelings were in part the resul...
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Maxine Greene argued passionately for an informed and imaginative education. Hers was a highly political vision of teachers working with students to consider and make a fairer future world through changing what happens in the present. As she asserted: 'I still believe that the ground of a critical community can be opened in our teaching and in our...
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Neoliberal education policies, with their press for audit friendly checkpoints, produce dull pedagogies. In schools, the monotony of three-part lessons, shallow knowledges and multiple-choice testing produces underachievement and undermines the quality of teaching and learning. We describe the ways in which artists can work with teachers to resist...
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Britain was culturally diverse before it was even a nation. Centuries of migration and mobility can be seen in the landscape, in the fabric of cities and in the language, as well as in the polyglot DNA of the population. Museums, heritage associations and galleries conserve and curate artefacts which attest to this long-standing diversity, and enti...
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‘Changing Play’ is an ongoing project initiated by education curators from the Serpentine, a prestigious London art gallery, working with the Portman children’s centre nursery. Viewed by curators as a collaboration between artist, children’s centre staff and parents, and the gallery, Changing Play combines art and action research, and expands the b...
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The arts are under threat in English schools. But some schools and teachers work against the trend. To understand how they continue to offer rich arts experiences to students, we bring Bourdieusian thinking to arts teacher practices that were common across the 30 secondary schools we studied for three years. In addition to a flexible approach to th...
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Rather than write a conclusion which attempts to arrive at some kind of certainty and finality, in this chapter, we try to raise issues, ask questions and pose problems, and engage in a respectful dialogical response. Our responses take the form of an asynchronous conversation via a three handed dialogue, framed by two questions: 'How are academics...
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Universities around the world now actively encourage academics to engage in public scholarship, publishing in traditional and new media – newspapers, television, radio, blogs and social media. Education Research and the Media addresses this situation, using empirical and reflexive accounts, to interrogate and advance the ways in which this shift is...
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We've recently finished analysing 6000 responses from 14-18 year old students. As part of a three year research project, we asked students-through focus group interviews and a survey-about the arts in school: whether the arts subjects matter to them, what they learn, how they experience the teaching. One message came through consistently and powerf...
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The advent of social media has allowed teachers to speak in, with and to publics in new ways. The chapter considers what kind of ‘teacher voice’ is on offer through social media. Does social media enhance the ways in which teachers might ‘have a say’ in decisions that concern them - about curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, working conditions and so...
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Busy leaders need time to reflect and renew. They need to consider the particularities of their school and the ways in which they can work with others in the school community to address pressing issues, as well as to make future plans. The metaphor of the studio offers some helpful avenues for thinking how this reflection might occur. Artists use t...
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High school students are expected to make choices about which subjects they study. These choices are not completely open; however, they are steered by what is on offer, previous achievement and conversations with teachers, family and friends; choices are patterned by class, gender, able-ness and race. We offer the perspective of subject choice as r...
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Education and Ethnography is a T and F journal but also an organisation which publishes books. Bob Jeffrey is editing a book on ethnographic writing for E and E Press. it will be published in September 2018. See http://www.ethnographyandeducation.org
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This is a chapter for the book Reimagining education for democracy, Editors Stewart Riddle and Michael Apple, Routledge 2019. It is a theoretical piece which grounds our TALE research.
Technical Report
This paper reports on findings from the Tracking Arts and Learning Engagement Project (TALE - researchtale.net). It deals with arts engagement of about 4.500 students. Survey data was collected in 2016/17 and 2017/18 in schools all over England.
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Book chapter for Resisting the neo-liberal discourse in education: local, national and transnational perspectives. Editors. Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton Bristol: Policy Press Elaborates and extends some Signature Pedagogies thinking.
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This special issue brings together detailed ethnographic studies of social practice in a variety of social contexts in which the arts and/or aesthetic concerns are central. It captures a momentum in educational ethnographic research in which an increasing number of researchers have turned their attention to expressive practices and artistic spaces...
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This opening chapter orients the book in the field of creativity education today.
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Creative Partnerships (CP) was a major initiative of the UK government. From 2003–2011 artists and creative practitioners were funded to work with teachers in English schools to produce pedagogical and school reform. This chapter examines the research commissioned by CP to examine the evidence of its impact. The review shows strong evidence that CP...
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This book examines the gaps in creativity education across the education lifespan and the resulting implications for creative education and economic policy. Building on cutting-edge international research, the editors and contributors explore innovations in interdisciplinary creativities, including STEM agendas and definitions, science and creativi...
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The significance of creative ecologies and acknowledging existing creative partnership research is an expanding field of interest both in Australia and the United Kingdom. This chapter reflects on a contemporary range of creative engagement practices, creative partnerships and emergent ecologies as new ways of working in the cultural sphere. Propos...
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Since the turn of the century, there have been frequent expressions of concern about a perceived lack of creativity in UK schools, in both curriculum content and in teaching. Recently, as the emphasis on mathematics, science and technology has strengthened, serious concerns have also been expressed about the marginalisation of the arts and creativi...
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Experimental ethnographers such as Michael Taussig and Stephen Muecke(1) assert that an ethnographic project should not consist of stages - preliminary literature work, field work, analysis and writing a final text. This kind of work assumes distance from the world being studied. Drawing on Deleuze (2001), they argue that ethnography is always imma...
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How might educational leaders and teachers improve literacy achievement in schools serving communities experiencing high levels of poverty? This question is the focus of this book. Drawing on long-term case studies of four primary schools located in these communities, this book describes the difference between what is commonly practised and those p...
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Recognising performance and accountability pressures on schools,Inspiring School Change shows how a commitment to the arts in education can meet core school agendas of pupil and parent engagement, attainment, improved teaching and inclusion. Schools are under pressure to develop their students’ creativity and to improve their cultural education. Th...
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The field of educational leadership, management and administration (ELMA) uses methods drawn primarily from cognate educational disciplines. But does this matter? This paper explores the methods used in recently published papers through a snapshot of six issues of six ELMA journals. The analysis showed a preponderance of survey, interview and case...
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The number of medicinal products for human use, which are not registered in the Czech Republic but used nevertheless, is constantly increasing. There are various reasons behind the use of unlicensed medicines, notably due to medicine manufacturing and distribution causes. This problem in the field of paediatrics arises also from the fact that clini...
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Some schools and their principals are lauded, feted and rewarded, while others are criticized, pressurized, and closed down. This chapter considers the kind of school system that produces extremes. It examines the school systems in two locations, England and Australia, and shows how the same logics and many of the same discursive practices are at w...
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The contemporary university relies on academic staff who are ready and willing to be highly productive on a number of fronts—publish widely and for a range of audiences, publish for audit purposes, attract funding, work in interdisciplinary teams, produce demonstrable research impact, teach face to face and online to increasing numbers of students,...
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Academy status can create the opportunity to free the best heads and teachers to innovate, to raise the bar and to do what it takes to compete with the best schools, not just in England, but across the world. For the leaders and teachers in academies across England, this is an opportunity to improve standards and improve the life chances of our mos...
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Pierre Bourdieu was one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He argued for, and practiced, rigorous and reflexive scholarship, interrogating the inequities and injustices of modern societies. Through a lifetime's explication of the ways in which schooling both produces and reproduces the status quo, Bourdieu offered a powerful c...
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Administration of the intramuscular injection of benzathine benzylpenicillin (benzathine PNC G) is associated with pain or discomfort, which could lead to non-adherence to the therapy. This risk may be even greater in children and adolescents, therefore, it is desirable to minimize the pain, especially when medications containing benzathine PNC G a...
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Ethnographers are particularly interested in writing. They have paid particular attention to the practices of making field notes and to the ways in which their public texts represent those that they have encountered and studied. To date there has been less attention paid to the kinds of writing that is used to make sense of experiences in the field...
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In the English context, complementary alternative provisions (APs) can make specific positive contributions for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream school. Whilst recognising the potential value of all complementary AP that is carefully selected and of high quality, we problematise the ‘repair and return’ rationale that continues to u...
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Since the turn of the century, there have been frequent expressions of concern about a perceived lack of creativity in UK schools, in both curriculum content and in teaching. Recently, as the emphasis on mathematics, science and technology has strengthened, serious concerns have also been expressed about the marginalisation of the arts and creativi...
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In schools, the notion of 'care is often synonymous with welfare and disciplinary regimes. Drawing on Foucault, and a study of alternative education across the UK, and looking in depth at two cases of complementary alternative education, we identify three types of disciplinary regimes at work in schools: (1) dominant performative reward and punishm...
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This is the Introduction to the special issue and is likely to stay open access http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17508487.2015.1132972
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A garden is a site where both amateurs and experts teach and learn. The teaching and learning that occurs in gardens encompasses almost every known permutation of formal/informal education. A history of the quintessential English garden could not ignore: enthusiastic colonial plant collectors traversing the globe to 'discover' new plants and garden...
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To be published in IN SITE OF CONVERSATION: tate learning research centre. nine notes on a pedagogy of un-learning pat thomson This paper is presented as a series of apparently disconnected sections. These are not a mosaic to be fitted together, slotted neatly into a coherent whole, but rather are intended as an 'assemblage' of ideas that a reader...
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Many educational researchers want to do research which has an influence on practice. Much educational research is driven by a commitment to making a difference for children and young people, rather than simply making a contribution to scholarly knowledge (Griffths 1998). Such contributions can be, for example, analysis of what happens in educationa...

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A Longitudinal PhD project running 2019-2026, following young people as they leave AP and enter adulthood. How have their educational experiences influenced their life trajectory? Some methodological pathfinding will also be explored, centring around the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining participants from this marginalised cohort.