Dr Phil Wood

Dr Phil WoodLecturer in Education

Msc (Southbank, London)
PhD Quaternary Sciences (Royal Holloway),
PhD Education (Birmingham)

Tel: 0116 252 3686
Email:  pbw2@le.ac.uk
Twitter account: @geogphil

Personal details

Msc (Southbank, London)
PhD Quaternary Sciences (Royal Holloway), PhD Education (Birmingham)

I am the programme leader for the PG Cert in Action Research and teach on both the campus-based and distance learning versions of the Masters in International Education, within which I also lead the Innovation and Reform Pathway specialism. I also supervise several EdD and PhD students. I am also a teaching fellow of the university and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I joined the School in 2005. Prior to this, I worked at a large comprehensive in South Lincolnshire where I was the subject leader for geography and an advanced skills teacher.

I am a member of the Collaborative Action Research Network, the Society for Educational Studies and the Society for Research in Higher Education and I was a founding member of the Lesson Study Research Group.


Twitter: @geogphil

Personal Website: http://leicls.weebly.com and http://scittls.weebly.com

Personal Blog: http://hereflections.wordpress.com and http://learning-space.tumblr.com


Phil teaches on the following courses:


Selected publications

Wood, P. & Smith, J. (2016) Educational Research: Taking the Plunge. Carmarthen: Independent Thinking Press.

Wood, P. & Cajkler, W. (2016) ‘A participatory approach to Lesson Study in higher education.’ International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 5 (1), 4-18.

Cajkler, W. & Wood, P. (2016) 'Lesson Study and Pedagogic Literacy in Initial Teacher Education: Challenging Reductive Models.' British Journal of Educational Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00071005.2016.1164295

Smith, J.; Wood, P.; Lewis, G. & Burgess, H. (2016) 'Critical Friendship as a Pedagogical Strategy.' in V.A. Storey (ed.) International Perspectives on Designing Professional Practice Doctorates. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 233-248.

Cajkler, W. & Wood, P. (2015) 'Adapting ‘lesson study’ to investigate classroom pedagogy in initial teacher education: what student-teachers think.' Cambridge Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2015.1009363

Wood, P. (2014) 'Teacher Professionalism: subverting the society of control.' FORUM, 56(2), 223-234.

Wood, P. & Butt, G. (2014) 'Exploring the use of complexity theory and action research as frameworks for curriculum change.' Journal of Curriculum Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220272.2014.921840#.U6xU47BwaUk

Cajkler, W.; Wood, P.; Norton, J.; Pedder, D. & Xu, H. (2014) 'Teacher perspectives about lesson study in secondary school departments: a collaborative vehicle for professional learning and practice development.' Research Papers in Education (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2014.887139).

Cajkler, W. Wood, P. Norton, J. and Pedder, D. (2014) ‘Lesson study as a vehicle for collaborative teacher learning in a secondary school.’ Professional Development in Education (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2013.866975)

Stevenson, H. & Wood, P. (2013) 'Markets, managerialism and teachers’ work: the invisible hand of high stakes testing in England.' The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 12(1), 42–61.

Cajkler, W.; Wood, P.; Norton, J. & Pedder, D. (2013) 'Lesson Study: towards a collaborative approach to learning in Initial Teacher Education?' Cambridge Journal of Education, 43(4), 537-554.

Wood, P. (2012) 'Blogs as liminal space: student teachers at the threshold'. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 21 (1), 85-99.

View a full list of publications.


My major research interests focus on learning innovation. I have a particular interest in complexity theory as a basis for action research and practitioner enquiry. Research projects include the use and integration of new technologies in the classroom, the use of learning spaces and Lesson Study as a tool for gaining a deeper understanding of the processes of learning and learning innovation.

I convene the Higher Education Pedagogy Special Interest Group, and I am a founding member of the Lesson Study Research Group within the School of Education.


'Innovating research methods pedagogies with international masters students'  (2014-2015)

'Lesson Study, investigating and developing the professional learning of trainee teachers' (2012-2013)(Funded by the Society for Educational Studies)

'Lesson Study, investigating and developing learning with international post-graduate students' (2012-2012)(Funded by the Higher Education Academy)

‘Study of complex learning spaces’, University of Leicester (2010-2011)

'Evaluation of experimental learning spaces at the University of Leicester’ (2009-2010)

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