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Personal Statement

Born and raised in the West Midlands, Paul undertook his initial teacher education at the University of Warwick. He then taught a range of subjects and pupils in a Hertfordshire middle school. During his final three years at the school he acted as PSE coordinator.

In the academic year 1998 to 1999 Paul undertook a Masters degree in Health Education and Health Promotion at King’s College, London. For his dissertation he researched primary school teachers’ views of empowerment as a methodology for drugs education.

Following his MSc he worked for Northumberland’s Health Action Zone and LEA as Advisory Teacher (Health Issues) where he was part of the team that developed the county’s Healthy Schools Programme. While there he secured funding for a number of small-scale, professional development research projects in the area of education for personal and social development.

In 2001 Paul moved to Newman College of Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Studies, where he taught on a variety of ITE and non-ITE courses. He joined the University of Hull in January 2006. Whilst there he led the undergraduate programmes in Education Studies and was a member of the Faculty Academic Approvals Committee (AAC). He was chair of the Faculty Ethics Committee and led the research group, Leadership, Policy and Theory.

Paul joined the University on 1st January 2014 as Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy Policy.

Research Interests

Paul's doctoral study was a Social Constructivist/Social Constructionist theoretcial exposition of policy discourses under the auspices of New Labour. In his publications he explored the epistemological position for contemporary policy which culminated in a new perspective on educational policy-making: policy as positioning.

From 2007 to 2009 Paul was a member of the Evaluation team for  Shape-Up4 a pan-European project concerned with nutrition and movement.

Paul is a member of the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Primary Education5 (ASPE) and is book reviews editor and member of the Editorial Board for the Peer Reviewed Journal Education 3 to 13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education6.

Paul’s current research is in the policy and politics of education, in particular the politics of learning and teaching, pedagogy more broadly, and care in education all under the broad banner of social and educational inclusion. He favours a social constructionist approach to studying education and related issues.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hull

Master of Science, King's College London

Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2003 2017

Moderation and the primary school context

Adams, P. & Anderson, J., 15 Sep 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Education 3-13. p. 1-48 48 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

primary school
social process
7 Citations

Education policy: explaining, framing and forming

Adams, P., 2015, In : Journal of Education Policy. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
educational policy

Activities 2004 2014

  • 7 Journal peer review
  • 5 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial board member
  • 1 Examination

Journal of Education Policy (Journal)

Paul Adams (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

Professional Development in Education. (Journal)

Paul Adams (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review