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Research Profile

Prof Martin Jephcote 



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Research Interests

Martin Jephcote’s work is informed by a social constructionist perspective which underpins his understanding of and research into the construction of knowledge, the processes of learning and education and training policies and practices. He is interested in the contested and evolutionary nature of the construction of pedagogic discourse and the ways in which policies are made and implemented. His work was the first to make a substantial contribution in the field of school economics and pointed to the functions of the under-researched meso-level in mediating policy and the interplay of power and control.

With a particular focus on the impacts of policy changes on teachers’ lives and work and students’ learning, he is interested in the social organisation of learning, and both teacher and learner identities: see for example, The International Journal of Learning, 2008, 2009 and Teaching and Teacher Education, 2009, 2010. He is a member of the Teacher Education Research Group and involved in the development of information to for beginning teacher educators, was principal investigator in an ESRC/TLRP research project called Learning and Working in Further Education in Wales and a co-researcher in the ESRC/TLRP Learning to Teach in Post-Devolution UK project.  He has recently been involved in the start up of a major new Master’s in Educational Practice programme aimed at newly qualified teachers in Wales.

His current scholarship and research is focussed on developing a comparative dimension and is among the first of its kind to compare UK colleges of Further Education with American Community Colleges and their global counterparts.  A particular focus has been on the impacts of financial downturn on the college curriculum, on teaching, and organisation and open access policies: see for example Research in Post Compulsory Education, 2012.