Dr Stephen Earl

School of Education
Research Fellow

Contact details

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
School of Education
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Stephen joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in September 2017. Prior to joining the centre, Stephen worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kent investigating how student motivation influences academic attainment, engagement and well-being at university. His PhD research focused on secondary school education with young adolescents. Stephen also worked as a graduate teaching assistant and sessional lecturer in Sports Psychology and attained a PGCHE teaching qualification during his time at Kent.


  • PhD, University of Kent – Thesis:  “The Role of Young Adolescents’ Psychological Needs at Secondary School: Applying Basic Psychological Needs Theory”.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Kent
  • MSc in Sport Management, University of Stirling
  • BSc in Sports Studies, University of Stirling


Earl, S. R., Taylor, I. M., Meijen, C., & Passfield, L. (2017). Autonomy and competence frustration in young adolescent classrooms: Different associations with active and passive disengagement. Learning and Instruction, 49, 32-40.

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