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Professor John Coldron

Emeritus Professor


Research

Professional development of teachers

The factors affecting how teachers achieve professional identity. Links with philosophy of practice (the theoretical framework) and education policy (which affects context), and socio/historical explorations.

Philosophy of (educational) practice

Grounding the discussion and conceptualisations of educational practice in current philosophy and social theory of practice.

Education policy

a) Admissions to schools, the causes and effects of segregated intakes and the relation to educational outcomes
b) The way in which local competitive arenas of schools are adapting to the reduction in LA power
c) Critical assessments of rival conceptualisations of social justice in education.

Primary and secondary schools

Socio/historical accounts of the role of historical and discursive resources in the durable inequality between these phases.

Philosophy of Nelson Goodman

Assessment, development and application of his concept of projection to issues in education.

Co-authoring refereed publications

LS E (Anne West); I o E London (Rebecca Allen); Cambridge (Megan Crawford)

Joint application for funding (S=successful U=unsuccessful)

The above (all successful) plus NatCen (S); ONS (S); Central government education departments (S); Aarhus,Copenhagen (U); Mary Immaculate, Limerick (U); Bristol University (U); Home Office (S)

Publications

Journal articles

Crawford, M., Maxwell, B., Coldron, J., & Simkins, T. (2020). Local authorities as actors in the emerging “school-led” system in England. Educational Review. http://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2020.1739625

Simkins, T., Coldron, J., Crawford, M., & Maxwell, B. (2018). Emerging schooling landscapes in England: how primary system leaders are responding to new school groupings. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. http://doi.org/10.1177/1741143217751079

Simkins, T., Coldron, J., Crawford, M., & Jones, S. (2015). Emerging local schooling landscapes : the role of the local authority. School Leadership and Management, 35 (1), 1-16. http://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2014.962501

Coldron, J., Crawford, M., Jones, S., & Simkins, T. (2015). The positions of primary and secondary schools in the English school field: a case of durable inequality. Journal of education policy, 30 (5), 671-687. http://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2014.972989

Coldron, J., Crawford, M., Jones, S., & Simkins, T. (2014). The positions of primary and secondary schools in the English school field: a case of durable inequality. Journal of Education Policy. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02680939.2014.972989#.VGtk1E1F2ic

Coldron, J., Crawford, M., Jones, S., & Simkins, T. (2014). The restructuring of schooling in England: the responses of well-positioned Headteachers. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 42 (3), 387-403. http://doi.org/10.1177/1741143214521592

Allen, R., Coldron, J., & West, A. (2012). The effect of changes in published secondary school admissions on pupil composition. Journal of Education Policy, 27 (3), 349-366. http://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2011.604137

Coldron, J.H., Willis, B., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). Selection by attainment and aptitude in English secondary schools. British journal of educational studies, 57 (3), 245-264. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00435.x

Conference papers

Coldron, J., & Smith, R. (2015). Being a teacher : practice theory, exemplification and the nature of professional practice. In PESGB Oxford 2015, Oxford, 26 March 2015 - 29 March 2015.

Coldron, J. (2014). Uses and abuses of primary education: the relation of primary to secondary schooling in England between 1870 and 2014. In BERA Annual Conference September 2014, London, 24 September 2014 - 26 September 2014.

Coldron, J. (2012). Access, justice and education: : two characterisations of injustice in relation to schooling. Working paper presented at the Fourth Workshop “Matching in Practice”, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. http://www.matching-in-practice.eu/documents/Matching-in-Practice-Barcelona-2012-preliminary-program.pdf

Coldron, J. (2011). Available educational identities: an exploration of kinds of pupils, parents and teachers constituted through classification in the educational field. In European Conference of Educational Researchers, Berlin, 13 September 2011 - 16 September 2011. http://www.eera.de/ecer2011/?no_cache=1

Coldron, J. (2011). Elective identity, social segregation and parental choice. In BERA Conference at the Institute of Education, London, 6 September 2011 - 8 September 2011.

Coldron, J., Cripps, C., Shipton, L., & Stiell, B. (2009). Fair school admissions: What is the contribution of the Choice Advice initiative. In British Education Research Conference, Manchester, 1 September 2009 (pp. 1-28).

Coldron, J. (2010). Nelson Goodman’s general theory of symbols: can it help characterise some educational concerns? In European conference of education research, Helsinki, 25 August 2010 - 27 August 2010 (pp. 1-18).

Book chapters

Coldron, J. (2015). Banding : selecting for a common intake. In De Waal, A. (Ed.) The ins and outs of selective secondary schools : a debate. (pp. 261-274). Civitas: http://www.civitas.org.uk/education/theselectiondebate

Reports

Coldron, J. (2015). School admissions: lessons from the evidence. RISE, the Research and Information on State Education Trust. http://www.risetrust.org.uk/schooladmissions

Coldron, J.H. (2007). Parents and the diversity of secondary education. London: Research and Information on State Education. http://www.risetrust.org.uk/diversity.html

Theses / Dissertations

Panter, D. (2012). Professional ecplipse - achieving and maintaining mastery of multiple communities of practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coldron, J.

Panter, D. (2012). Professional eclipse: Achieving and maintaining mastery of multiple communities of practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coldron, J., & Maxwell, B.

Lightfoot, N.J. (2007). Interpretation and practice of widening participation within an institution of higher education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coldron, J., & Clegg, S.

Boylan, M.S. (2004). Questioning (in) school mathematics : lifeworlds and ecologies of practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ashworth, P., Coldron, J., & Povey, H.

Greasley, K. (2003). A phenomenological study of the meanings of approaches to learning in higher education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coldron, J., & Ashworth, P.

Presentations

Coldron, J., Cripps, C., & Shipton, L. (2010). What can be done to mitigate the persistent social segregation of secondary schools in England? Presented at: Part of a Keynote Symposia, BERA, Warwick, 2010

Coldron, J. (n.d.). Admissions to English primary and secondary schools. Presented at: Matching in Practice Workshops, 2013

Other publications

Coldron, J.H., Tanner, E., Finch, S., Shipton, L., Wolstenholme, C., Willis, B., ... Stiell, B. (2008). Secondary school admissions. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/DCSF-RR020.pdf

Coldwell, M.R., Coldron, J.H., & Smith, R. (2008). Active social location in schools: professional development for the whole school workforce? http://www.beraconference.co.uk/2008/

Coldron, J.H., Stephenson, K., Williams, J., Shipton, L., & Demack, S. (2002). Admission appeal panels: research study into the operation of appeal panels' use of the code of practice and training for panel. London: Department for Education and Skills: http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/RR344.pdf

Williams, J., Coldron, J.H., Stephenson, K., Logie, A., & Smith, N. (2001). Policies and practices of LEA admission authorities in England. Parents' experiences of the process of choosing a secondary school. London: Department for Education and Skills: http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/RR278.pdf

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