Members of the Department of Teacher Education have an impressive track-record of commissioned and funded research project success and publication through the medium of research reports, monographs, books, book chapters, articles in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals and in key professional journals. 

The Department hosts one dedicated Research Centre, the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education (CRMDE) 

Examples of departmental research include:

Evaluation of General Practice Recruitment Processes

There is national concern that too few General Practice doctors (GPs) are being trained, but any lowering of selection standards may result in unacceptable increases in remediation costs (and threats to patient safety) if poorer trainees are appointed.  Consequently, Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned this evaluation to see if the GP recruitment process is fit for purpose.

This evaluation investigates the reliability, validity, educational impact, acceptability of the method to the stakeholders, and cost of the GP recruitment process. Find out more.....

Generalisability analysis of PACES

PACES is the Part 2 Clinical Examination for Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP(UK)). It is designed to test the clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who wish to enter higher specialist training (ST3).   In collaboration with MRCP(UK) and Professor Chris McManus, University College, London,  statistical analyses are being undertaken of anonymised test data. This is employing MCMC multilevel modelling to estimate sources of unreliability of PACES using a Generalisability framework.             


Dr Ian Davison email:

Learning Study and Variation Theory in teacher education

Members witihn the department of Teacher Education have begun a project to explore Learning Theory and Variation Theory in teacher education both in initial teacher education and continuing professional development.              

Learning Study has been shown to be highly effective in improving teaching and learning in Hong Kong and Sweden and this is going explored in the English context, initially within Science at Secondary level. Find out more....        

Routes into Teaching

The University of Birmingham is collaborating with Bath Spa University, Cardiff Metropolitan and the Universities of Cardiff and Glasgow in a programme of research on teacher education.  A key goal of the project is to explore definitions of what constitutes a ‘good teacher’ and how this varies between different routes into teaching and different providers.  A theoretical model has been developed which includes beginning teachers’ experiences and the development of their thinking.  Empirical research undertaken so far includes interviews with colleagues in school exploring the criteria used to select individuals for initial teacher education and for their first post in teaching. 


Professor Peter Davies email: 
Dr John Kirkman email:

Using Video to improve teaching and learning

This evaluation of a pilot scheme is funded by the Education Endowment Fund.  The wider project will examine the potential of IRIS Connect video technology as a means of improving instructional strategies. 

The evaluation will examine changes in teaching and teachers’ thinking which may be expected to affect students’ achievement. This is seen as a basis on which to judge readiness for the main project. 


Professor Peter Davies email: 
Dr John Kirkman email:



The Birmingham Conference

The Birmingham Conference, CRMDE