Dr Ian Davison

Dr Ian Davison

School of Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Ian completed his PhD in psychology in 1987; then taught in secondary schools in various roles including ICT co-ordinator, head of science and senior teacher. He is currently a Lecturer and leads the Education for Health Professionals programme. In addition he teaches quantitative methods including factor analysis and provides a statistical advice service for the school. Much of his time is devoted to externally funded research.  


  • PhD
  • PGCE
  • BA. (Hons)

Postgraduate supervision

Ian has the following research interests:

Learning and teaching science in secondary schools. Pedagogy, particularly related to learning study and conceptual change.
Education of doctors and other health professionals.

Read the profile for one of his current postgraduate students who is researching Key Teacher-Student Interpersonal Relationship Dynamics Influential upon Children's Engagement with Science: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

PhD opportunities


Most of his research is based in the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education (CRMDE) on projects relating to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education of health professionals. In 2015/16, he was principle investigator for a £73k evaluation of GP specialty selection.

Ian has also been involved in several school-based research projects such as ‘Knightly Virtues’ with the Jubilee Centre. He is currently developing projects related to conceptual change and learning study in secondary science education.


Davison, I., McManus, C. and Taylor, C. (2016) "Evaluation of GP Specialty Selection". Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Davison, I., Cooke, S. and Gutteridge, R. (2015) How can the configuration of dialysis centres encourage shared care? Journal of Renal Nursing, 7: (3): 118–123.

Davison, I. and Cooke, S. (2015) How nurses’ attitudes and actions can influence shared care. Journal of Renal Care, 41: (2): 96-103.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T. and Davison, I. (2015) Levels of Virtue Literacy in Catholic, Church of England and non-faith Schools in England: a research report. International Studies in Catholic Education, 7: (2): 178-200.

Davison, I., Harrison, T., Hayes, D., et al. (2014) Report on the My Character pilot and feasibility cluster randomised trial [online]. http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/My%20Character%20PDFs/my-character-rct-report-final.pdf [accessed 22/02/2016]  University of Birmingham

Davison, I., R. Cooper and A. Bullock (2010). The Objective Structured Public Health Examination (OSPHE): a study of reliability using multi-level analysis. Medical Teacher

Buckley S, Coleman J, Davison I, Khan K, Zamora J, Malick S, et al. (2009). The educational effects of portfolios on undergraduate student learning: A Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review. BEME Guide No. 11. Medical Teacher; 31(4):282-98.

Davison I, Burke S, Bedward J, Kelly S. (2006). Do selection scores for general practice registrars correlate with end of training assessments? Education for Primary Care; 17(5):473-8.

Davison I, Burke S, Bullock A, Brown C, Campbell C, Field S. (2006). Evaluation of a pilot careers advice service for junior doctors. Medical Teacher; 28(6):561 - 3.

Davison I, Thomas H. (2008) Lessons from the Higher Professional Education scheme for general practice training. Education for Primary Care; 19(6):605-14.

Lewis A, Davison I, Ellins J, Niblett L, Parsons S, Robertson C, et al. (2007). The experiences of disabled pupils and their families. British Journal of Special Education; 34(4):189-95.

Parsons S, Lewis A, Davison I, Ellins J, Robertson C. (2009). Satisfaction with educational provision for children with SEN or disabilities:  A national postal survey of the views of parents in Great Britain. Educational Review; 61(1):19-47.

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