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Pat Thomson

Professor of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor Pat Thomson PSM PhD is Director of the Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy (CRACL). She is the current Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies which serves the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Pat is known for her interdisciplinary engagement with questions of creative and socially just educational learning and change.

She joined the School of Education in 2003 and completed a five year term as Director of Research during which time she coordinated the School's successful RAE submission. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Free State University, South Africa, Visiting Professor at the University of Haskoli Islands! Iceland, and a Visiting Professor at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

She is an Editor of the international peer refereed journal, Educational Action Research (Taylor and Francis). She is currently a member of the AHRC Careers and Research Training Network and on the steering committee of the Tate Learning Research Centre.. She worked as a consultant to the National Schools of Creativity programme (Culture, Creativity and Education). She was a member of the ESRC commissioning panel for the 2010 seminar series, is a current reviewer for ESRC, and is an international reviewer for the Australian Research Council. She runs courses and workshops in academic writing and publishing within the School and also for universities and professional associations around the world.

Before coming to The University of Nottingham, she directed the professional doctorate in education and an offshore PhD programme at the University of South Australia. She was Deputy Director of the Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures. She previously managed strategic planning in the state education department. Before that she was principal of Paralowie R- 12 for eleven years, deputy principal at The Parks, and founding Coordinator of Bowden Brompton Community School. She has represented Australian principals on national policy making bodies and at international conferences, and was President of the South Australian Secondary Principals Association. She was a member of national and state policy making bodies and has extensive experience in equity policy development. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1991, a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992, the Garth Boomer Curriculum prize from the Australian Curriculum Studies Association in 1995, and the Australian Association for Research in Education Outstanding Thesis award in 2000. Pat's academic writing and research education blog 'patter' is archived by the British Library and posts are frequently republished elsewhere. She tweets as @ThomsonPat and is a coordinator for #acwri, a fortnightly chat about academic writing. Her research activities can be seen on a range of websites - the Signature Pedagogies project, I worked at Raleigh, the Get Wet project, Performing Impact, Cultural Value and Live Art, and Quality in Alternative Education.

She is also on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Educational Administration and History, Teaching Education, Education Review, the Journal of Education Policy, International Journal of Leadership in Education, International Journal of Research and Methods in Education, the Australian Educational Researcher, Ethnography and Education, Improving Schools, the Australian on-line refereed journal Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development and the Canadian refereed journals The International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning (on-line) and the Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations. She edited a special issue of International Journal of Leadership in Education on Bourdieu and educational leadership (Vol 6, no 4) and a special issue of Journal of Education Policy on media and education policy (Vol 19, no 4). She has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration and History on the use of textual deconstruction to analyse theories of leadership and a special issue of Critical Studies in Education on alternative theories of school change.

Research Summary

Her current research focuses on creativity, the arts and change in schools and communities, and postgraduate writing pedagogies. She is currently devoting more time to exploring, reading and thinking… read more

Selected Publications

  • THOMSON, P AND KAMLER, B, 2013. Writing for peer reviewed journals: Strategies for getting published Routledge.
  • WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and LINGARD, B, eds., 2011. Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge.
  • SEFTON GREEN, J, THOMSON, P, JONES, K and BRESLER, L, eds., 2011. The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P and SEFTON-GREEN, J, eds., 2010. Researching creative learning: Methods and issues Routledge.

Pat is a member of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. Her research interests are underpinned by a commitment to social justice and an interest in questions of power, identity, place and agency. Current research focuses on:

  • the changing work of school administrators
  • postgraduate writing pedagogies and creativity
  • the arts
  • school reform

She has had extensive involvement in school, family and community programmes and is keen to work closely with practitioners and pupils as co-researchers. She has expertise in:

  • policy
  • sociology
  • cultural geography
  • text-based and arts informed research methods

Research topics of current and recent students include:

  • retention and early departure of headteachers
  • teenage mothers and schooling
  • the health and wellbeing agenda in schools
  • Australian identity in school readers 1900-1918
  • the implementation of new curriculum policy in Hong Kong
  • gender and school leadership
  • the philosophical bases for practitioner action research the diagnosis of ADHD
  • the implementation of the national primary strategy
  • leading inclusive schools
  • the citizenship experiences of new adult arrivals in the UK
  • the underachievement of African heritage children
  • the capability approach and 'students at risk'
  • aesthetic experiences in an arts specialist primary school

Research proposals: please email Pat if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

Current Research

Her current research focuses on creativity, the arts and change in schools and communities, and postgraduate writing pedagogies. She is currently devoting more time to exploring, reading and thinking about imaginative and inclusive pedagogies which sit at the heart of change. This involves small-scale research with local schools and artists. She is also looking at the ways in which innovative approaches to schooling are spread with /against policy agendas - and within and between countries. She maintains an interest in the changing work of school administrators and in children and young people who do not get the full benefits of education. All of her research is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and an interest in questions of power, identity, place and agency.She has had extensive involvement in school, family and community programmes and works closely with practitioners and pupils as co-researchers. She has expertise in policy, sociology and cultural geography and has a particular interest in text-based and arts informed research methods. She frequently uses visual research methods in her work.

See the arts and creativity research programme on www.artsandcreativityresearch.org.uk

Current Research Projects:

The Princes Trust: What's the alternative? Effective support for young people disengaging from the mainstream. With Jodie Pennachia

AHRC Cultural value programme. The value of live art: What can making and editing film tell us? with Emily Pringle, Tate Learning

AHRC cultural value programme: Cultural value in the CCE archive. (with additional funding from CCE)

AHRC collaborative doctoral programme: Partnerships to involve hard to reach young people in the Circuit youth arts programme. With Emily Pringle, Tate Learning. Doctoral researcher: Nicola Sims.

Culture, Creativity and Education Signature pedagogies: ethnographic studies of artists at work ( with Chris Hall), see www.signaturepedagogies.org.uk

Get Wet: the Papplewick water literacies project with Mary Biddulph, Natasa Lackovic, Gary Mills and Andy Townsend, local schools and Nottingham artists. ( Esmee Fairbairn, Garfield Weston Trust), see www.getwet.org.uk

Tate Learning Department: Summer schools 2012 -2013; and In Site of Learning, a co-constructed research pilot project.

Past Research

Recently Completed Research Projects:

AHRC Connected Communities Scoping Study Performing Impact: narratives, texts and performances in community theatre, with Christine Hall, Julie Sanders and Jem Bloomfield ( School of English)

Culture, Creativity and Education: Evaluation of knowledge transfer in the Royal Shakespeare Company Leading Practitioner Network ( with Chris Hall, Ken Jones, Anton Franks)

Pupil mobility in the county ( with Kay Hawe)

Leading school case studies (CCE)

NCSL Models of change leadership ( with Chris Day)

Arts Council UK/Creative Partnerships (2006-2008) The impact of Creative Partnerships on whole school change, with Christine Hall, and Ken Jones and Nafsika Alexiadou (Keele)

Nottinghamshire Arts Partnership (2008-2009) Evaluation of Nottinghamshire Arts Partnership, with Christine Hall and Edd Sellman

Pupil research project with Helen Gunter (U Manchester) and Knutsford High School

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2005-2006) Mapping the provision of alternatives to permanent exclusion with Belinda Harris and Lisa Russell

ESRC Seminar series RES-451-26-0165 (2004-2006) Engaging critically with pupil voice: children and young people as partners in school and community change, with Bridget Somekh, (MMU), Michael Fielding, (Sussex) and Jane MacGregor, (Networked Learning Communities)

ESRC RES-000-22-0834 (2004-2006) Promoting social and education inclusion through the creative arts, with Chris Hall and Lisa Russell (Nottingham)

Australian Research Council (2002-March 2005) An investigation of the declining supply of principals in Australia, with Jill Blackmore (Deakin) and Judyth Sachs (Sydney)

BECTA bursary. (2004) Enhancing a networked learning community with ICT, with Liz Brown and PSLN schools The full report is available on http://www.becta.org.uk/page_documents/research/bursaries05/networked_learning_community.pdf

Children's Fund: A formative evaluation of the Mansfield Alternatives to Exclusion (MATE) strategy (2005), Pat Thomson, Belinda Harris, Kerry Vincent Richard Toalster, (CREDE, University of Nottingham)

DfES Innnovations ( 2004) Evaluation of innovations in Knutsford High School with Helen Gunter ( U Manchester)

DfES (2003-2004) An investigation of queries that school offices receive from parents/carers, with Linda Ellison, Tina Byrom and Donna Bulman (Nottingham) The final report is available on http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR575.pdf

McWilliam, E; Taylor, P; Thomson, P; Green, W; Maxwell, T Wildy, H; Simons, D (2002) Research training in doctoral programs: what can be learnt from professional doctorates? Canberra: Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs The final report is available from http://www.dest.gov.au/highered/eippubs/eip02_8/eip02_8.pdf.

Sanderson V and Thomson, P ( 2002) Discipline and diversity: The impact of punishment on the learning of Aboriginal students. ARC funded research: Final Report .

Thomson, P (2002) Active citizenship action research projects. Final report. Canberra: Civics and Citizenship Education Professional Development Programme

Thomson, P ( 2002) Strengthening school-family relationships. Policy and professional development materials. Hobart: Tasmanian Education Department.

  • THOMSON, P, 2015. Educational leadership and Pierre Bourdieu Routledge. (In Press.)
  • THOMSON, PAT, 2015. Unlearning what you know: A narrative analysis of university and school teacher reflective journals Education Action Research Journal. (In Press.)
  • THOMSON, PAT, 2015. Detox your writing: A resource book for doctoral researchers Routledge. (In Press.)
  • THOMSON, PAT and HALL, CHRISTINE, 2015. "Everyone can imagine their own Gellert": the democratic artist and 'inclusion' in primary and nursery classrooms Education 3-13. (In Press.)
  • MCINTYRE, JOANNA and THOMSON, PAT, 2015. Poverty, schooling and beginning teachers who make a difference: A case study from England. In: LAMPERT, JO and BURNETT, BRUCE, eds., The international handbook of social justice in teacher education Springer. (In Press.)
  • THOMSON, PAT, HALL, CHRISTINE and TOWNSEND, ANDREW, 2015. Using film to show and tell: studying/changing pedagogical practices. In: MOSS, JULIANNE and PINI, MONICA, eds., Visual research in education: a critical review of the practice and politics of contemporary methods. Palgrave McMillan. (In Press.)
  • HEARN, HELEN and THOMSON, PAT, 2014. Working with texts, images and artefacts. In: CLARK, ALISON, FLEWITT, ROSIE, HAMMERSLEY, MARTYN and ROBB, MARTIN, eds., Understanding research with children and young people 2nd. 154-168
  • THOMSON, P, 2014. The uses and abuses of power: teaching school leadership through children's literature Journal of Educational Administration and History. 46(4), 1-20
  • THOMSON, PAT, 2014. 'Scaling up' educational change: Some musings on misrecognition and doxic challenges Critical Studies in Education. 55(2), 87-103
  • THOMSON, PAT, 2014. The photograph as 'witness'. In: BURKE, CATHERINE and JONES, KEN, eds., Education, childhood, anarchism: Talking Colin Ward Routledge. 157-169
  • KAMLER, BARBARA and THOMSON, PAT, 2014. Helping doctoral students write: Pedagogies for supervision Second Edition. Routledge.
  • THOMSON, PAT, BARRETT, ANDY, HALL, CHRISTINE, HANBY, JULIAN and JONES, SUSAN, 2014. Arts in the community as a place-making event. In: FLEMING, MIKE, BRESLER, LIORA and O'TOOLE, JOHN, eds., The Routledge international handbook of arts and education Routledge. (In Press.)
  • FRANKS, A, HALL, C, JONES, K and THOMSON, P, 2014. Teachers, arts practice and pedagogy Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. 21(2), 171-181
  • THOMSON, P AND KAMLER, B, 2013. Writing for peer reviewed journals: Strategies for getting published Routledge.
  • ANDERSON, G, MINGAL, A, PINI, M, SCOTT, J and THOMSON, P, 2013. Policy, equity and diversity in global contexts:educational leadership after the welfare state. In: TILLMAN, L and SCHEURICH, J J, eds., The handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity Routledge. 43-61
  • JONES, S., HALL, C., THOMSON, P., BARRETT, A. and HANBY, J., 2013. Re-presenting the “forgotten estate”: participatory theatre, place and community identity Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 34(1), 118-131
  • THOMSON, PAT, HALL, CHRISTINE and JONES, KEN, 2013. Towards educational change leadership as a discursive practice –: or - should all school leaders read Foucault? International Journal of Leadership in Education. 16(2), 155-172
  • THOMSON, P., 2013. Romancing the market: narrativising equity in globalising times Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education. 34(2), 170-184
  • VINCENT, KERRY and THOMSON, PAT, 2013. "Your age don't determine whether you're a good mum": reframing the discourse of deviance ascribed to teenage mothers Social Alternatives. 32(2), 6-11
  • THOMSON, PAT and HAYWARD, VANESSA, 2013. Managing performance: The implementation of the English Healthy Schools Programme. In: NIESCHE, RICHARD, ed., Deconstructing educational leadership: Derrida and beyond Routledge. 63-83
  • THOMSON, PAT and CLIFTON, JOANNE, 2013. Connecting with parents and their community in an urban primary school: Creative Partnerships to build literacy/ies. In: HALL, KATHY, CREMIN, TERESA, COMBER, BARBARA and MOLL, LUIS, eds., international handbook of research on children's literacy, learning and culture Wiley-Blackwell. 54-66
  • MEWBURN, INGER and THOMSON, PAT, 2013. Why do academics blog?: An analysis of audiences, purposes and challenges Studies in Higher Education. 38(8), 1105-1119
  • HAYWARD, V AND THOMSON, P, 2012. Performing health: an investigation of Emotional Health and Wellbeing (EHWB) in a high performance school. In: JEFFREY, B AND TROMAN, G, ed., Performativity and Education – a UK perspective: Ethnographic effects, outcomes and agency Tufnell Press. 109-126
  • THOMSON, PAT, 2012. Understanding evaluating and assessing what students learn from leadership activities: Student research in Woodlea Primary Management in Education. 26(3), 96-103
  • THOMSON, PAT, HALL, CHRISTINE and JONES, KEN, 2012. Creativity and cross-curriculum strategies in England: Tales of doing, forgetting and not knowing International Journal of Educational Research. 55, 6-15
  • THOMSON, P and LINGARD, B, WRIGLEY, T, 2011. Reimagining school change: the necessity and reasons for hope. In: WRIGLEY, T and THOMSON, P , LINGARD, B, eds., Changing schools.: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge. 1-14
  • THOMSON, P., 2011. Creative leadership: a new category or more of the same? Journal of Educational Administration and History. 43(3), 249-272
  • THOMSON, P AND SANDERS, E, 2011. Introduction. In: SANDERS, E, ed., Leading a creative school.: Initiating and sustaining school change Routledge. 1-16
  • WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P AND LINGARD, B, 2011. Resources for changing schools: Ideas in and as practice. In: WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and AND LINGARD, B, eds., Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge. 194-214
  • WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and LINGARD, B, eds., 2011. Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P, 2011. Miners. diggers, ferals and showmen: creative school-community projects. In: SEFTON-GREEN, J, THOMSON, P, JONES, K and BRESLER, L, eds., The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning Routledge. 295-304
  • THOMSON, P. and GUNTER, H., 2011. Inside, outside, upside down: the fluidity of academic researcher ‘identity’ in working with/in school International Journal of Research and Methods in Education. 34(1), 17-30
  • THOMSON, P, 2011. ‘The local’ and its authority: the Coalition, governance and democracy. In: HATCHER, R and JONES, K, eds., No country for the young: Education from New Labour to the Coalition Tufnell Press. 85-99
  • MCGREGOR, G, MILLS, M and THOMSON, P, 2011. Educating in the margins: lessons for the mainstream: Australia. In: WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and LINGARD, B, eds., Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge. 47-60
  • SEFTON GREEN, J, THOMSON, P, JONES, K and BRESLER, L, eds., 2011. The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning Routledge.
  • RUSSELL, L and THOMSON, P, 2011. Girls in alternative provision Ethnography and Education. 6(3), 293-308
  • THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2011. Sense -making as a lens on everyday change leadership practice: The case of Holly Tree Primary school International Journal of Leadership in Education. 1-19
  • KAMLER, B and THOMSON, P, 2011. Working with literatures. In: SOMEKH, B and LEWIN, K, eds., Research methods in the social sciences 2nd ed. Sage. 16-24
  • THOMSON P, ROSE, L, 2011. Creative learning in an inner-city primary school: England. In: WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and LINGARD, T, eds., Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge. 128-139
  • THOMSON, P, 2011. Coming to terms with 'voice'. In: CZERNIAWSKI, G and KIDD, W, eds., The International handbook of student voice Emerald. 19-30
  • THOMSON, P., HALL, C. and JONES, K., 2010. Maggie's day: a small-scale analysis of English education policy Journal of Education Policy. 25(5), 639-656
  • THOMSON, P and SEFTON-GREEN, J, eds., 2010. Researching creative learning: Methods and issues Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P, 2010. Involving children and young people in educational change: Possibilities and challenges. In: HARGREAVES, A, HOPKINS, D and LIEBERMAN, A, eds., The International Handbook of Educational Change 2nd ed. Springer. 809-824
  • THOMSON, P and SANDERS, E, 2010. Creativity and whole school change: an investigation of English headteachers' practices Journal of Educational Change. 11(1), 63-83
  • THOMSON, P and WALKER, M, 2010. Doctoral education in context. The changing nature of the doctorate and doctoral students. In: THOMSON, P AND WALKER, M, ed., The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion: getting to grips with research in Education and the Social Sciences Routledge. 9-26
  • VINCENT, K and THOMSON, P, 2010. 'Slappers like you don't belong in this school: the educational inclusion/exclusion of pregnant school girls International Journal of Inclusive Education. 14(4), 371-385
  • HALL, C, JONES, K , THOMSON, P, 2010. Snapshots, illustrations and portraits: re-presenting research findings.. In: THOMSON, P, SEFTON-GREEN, J, ed., Researching Creative Learning: Methods and issues Routledge. 126-142
  • THOMSON, P and WALKER, M, 2010. Last words: Why doctoral study?. In: THOMSON, P AND WALKER, M, ed., The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion: getting to grips with research in Education and the Social Sciences Routledge. 390-403
  • THOMSON, P, 2010. Whole school change: a literature review 2nd ed.. Creativity, Culture and Education.
  • GUNTER, H and THOMSON, P, 2010. Life on Mars: headteachers before the National College Journal of Educational Administration and History. 42(3), 203-222
  • WALKER, M and THOMSON, P, eds., 2010. The Routledge Doctoral Supervisor’s Companion: Supporting Effective Research in Education and the Social Sciences Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P and KAMLER, B, 2010. It's been said before and we'll say it again - research is writing. In: THOMSON, P AND WALKER, M, ed., The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion: getting to grips with research in Education and the Social Sciences Routledge. 149-160
  • THOMSON, P and WALKER, M, eds., 2010. The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion: Getting to Grips with Research in Education and the Social Sciences. Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P, 2010. Leading/Managing Schools in Communities Made Poor. In: EVA BAKER, PENELOPE PETERSON,BARRY MCGAW,, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Education 3rd edition. Elsevier.
  • THOMSON P, BYROM, T, ROBINSON, C and RUSSELL, L, 2010. Learning about journal publication: the pedagogies of editing a ‘special issue’.. In: AITCHISON, C, KAMLER, B and LEE, A, eds., Publishing pedagogies for the doctorate and beyond Routledge. 137-155
  • THOMSON, P., 2010. Headteacher autonomy: a sketch of a Bourdieuian field analysis of position and practice Critical Studies in Education. 51(1), 5-20
  • THOMSON, P., 2009. School leadership: heads on the block? Routledge.
  • BASKWILL, J. and THOMSON, P.L., 2009. Jane and Pat think and do: A basal reader story. In: KNOWLES, J.G., COLE, A.L., NEILSEN, L. and PROMISLOW, S., eds., Creating scholartistry: imagining the arts-informed thesis or dissertation Halifax, Nova Scotia: Backalong Books. 70 -83
  • THOMSON, P, 2009. A critical pedagogy of global place - regeneration in and as action. In: RAFFO, C, DYSON, A, GUNTER, H, HALL, D, JONES, L and KALAMBOUKA, A, eds., Education and poverty in affuent countries Routledge. (In Press.)
  • THOMSON, P, 2009. Bringing Bourdieu to ‘widening participation’ policies in higher education: a UK case analysis.. In: APPLE, M, BALL, S and GANDIN, L A, eds., Routledge International Handbook of Sociology and Education Routledge. 318-328
  • THOMSON, P, MCGREGOR, J, SANDERS, E and ALEXIADOU, N, 2009. Changing schools: more than a lick of paint and a well-orchestrated performance? Improving Schools. 12(1), 43-57
  • THOMSON, P and GUNTER, H, 2009. Students' participation in school change: action research on the ground. In: SOMEKH, B AND NOFFKE, S, ed., The Handbook of Educational Action Research Sage.
  • THOMSON, P, 2009. Lessons for Australia?: Learning from England's curriculum 'black box' English in Australia. 43(3), 13-20
  • BAILEY, S and THOMSON, P, 2009. Routine (dis)order in an infant school Ethnography and Education. 4(2), 211-228
  • THOMSON, P and RUSSELL, L, 2009. Data. data everywhere - but not all the numbers that count?: Mapping alternative provisions for students excluded from school International Journal of Inclusive Education. 13(4), 423-438
  • GUNTER, H and THOMSON, P, 2009. The makeover: a new logic in leadership development in England? Education Review. 61(4), 469-483
  • THOMSON, P and GUNTER, H, 2008. Researching bullying with students: A lens on everyday life in an innovative school International Journal of Inclusive Education. 12(2), 185-200
  • HARRIS, A and THOMSON, P, 2008. Leading schools in poor communities?: What do we know?. In: TOWNSEND, T and BOGOTCH, I, eds., The Elusive What and the Problematic How: The essential leadership questions for school leaders and educational researchers Rotterdam: Sense. 73-84
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Schools and urban regeneration. Challenges and possibilities. In: LINGARD, B, NIXON, J and RANSON, S, eds., Transforming learning in schools and communities. The remaking of education for a cosmopolitan society Continuum.
  • HARRIS A and THOMSON P, 2008. Leading schools in poor communities: How do we know?. In: TOWNSEND, T and BOGOTCH I, eds., The Elusive What and the Problematic How: The Essential Leadership Questions for School Leaders and Educational Researchers, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 165-180
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Field. In: GRENFELL, M, ed., Pierre Bourdieu: Key concepts Acumen.; Stocksfield.
  • JONES, K and THOMSON, P, 2008. Policy rhetoric and the renovation of English schooling: the case of Creative Partnerships Journal of Education Policy. 23(6), 715-727
  • GUNTER, H, THOMSON, P, 2008. Learning about student voice Support for Learning. 22(4), 181-188
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Children and young people: voices in visual research. In: THOMSON, P, ed., Doing visual research with children and young people Routledge. 1-19
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Scales of policy intervention: Problematising high poverty contexts in South Australia Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 10(2), 97-116
  • THOMSON, P. and HALL, C., 2008. Opportunities missed and/or thwarted?: 'Funds of knowledge' meet the English national curriculum Curriculum Journal. 19(2), 87-103
  • MERTKAN-OZUNLU, S and THOMSON, P, 2008. Educational reform in North Cyprus: towards the making of a nation/state? International Journal of Educational Development. 29, 99-106
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Answering back to policy?: Headteachers’ stress and the logic of the sympathetic interview Journal of Education Policy. 23(6), 649-667
  • THOMSON, P, 2008. Headteacher critique and resistance: A challenge for policy and for leadership/management scholars Journal of Educational Administration and History. 40(2), 85-100
  • THOMSON, P, ed., 2008. Doing visual research with children and young people London: Routledge.
  • KAMLER, B and THOMSON, P, 2008. The failure of dissertation advice books: Toward alternative pedagogies for doctoral writing Educational Researcher. 37(8), 507-514
  • THOMSON, P. and HALL, C. J., 2008. Dialogues with artists; learning about childen's self portraits. In: THOMSON, P, ed., Doing visual research with children and young people Routledge.
  • HALL, C.J. and THOMSON, P.L., 2007. Creative partnerships?: cultural policy and inclusive arts practice in one primary school British Educational Research Journal. 33(3), 315-329
  • HALL, C., THOMSON, P. and RUSSELL, L., 2007. Teaching like an artist: the pedagogic identities and practices of artists in schools British Journal of Sociology of Education. 28(5), 605-619
  • THOMSON, P and HALL, C AND RUSSELL, L, 2007. If these walls could speak: reading displays of primary children’s work Ethnography and Education. 2(3), 381-400
  • BYROM, R., THOMSON, P. and GATES, P., 2007. My school has been quite pushy about the Oxbridge thing Improving Schools. 10(1), 29-40
  • VINCENT, K, HARRIS, B, THOMSON, P and TOALSTER, R., 2007. Managed moves: schools collaborating for collective gain Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 12(4), 283-298
  • THOMSON, P.L., ELLISON, L., BYROM, T. and BULMAN, D., 2007. Invisible labour: home-school relations and the front office Gender and Education. 19(2), 141-158
  • THOMSON P and GUNTER, H, 2007. The methodology of students-as-researchers: valuing and using experience and expertise to develop methods Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 28(3), 327-342
  • THOMSON, P., 2007. Whole School Change: a review of the literature (978-0-7287-1336-9)
  • THOMSON, P. and RUSSELL, L., 2007. Mapping the Alternatives to Permanent Exclusion (978 1 85935 589 3)
  • THOMSON, P., 2007. Working the in/visible geographies of school exclusion.. In: GULSON, K. and SYMES, C., eds., Spatial Theories of Education: Policy and Geography Matters London: Routledge. 111-130
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2007. Leading schools in high poverty neighbourhoods: The National College for School Leadership and beyond. In: PINK, W.T. and NOBLIT, G.W., eds., The International Handbook of Urban Education Dordrecht: Springer. 1049-1078
  • THOMSON, P, 2007. Making education more equitable: What can policymakers learn from the Australian Disadvantaged Schools Programme?. In: TEESE, R, LAMB, S and DURU-BELLAT, M, eds., International Studies in Educational Inequality, Theory and Policy: Inequality: Educational Theory and Public Policy 3. Dordrecht: Springer. 239-256
  • GUNTER, H and THOMSON P, 2007. But, where are the children Management in Education. 21(1), 23-28
  • GUNTER, H and THOMSON, P, 2007. Learning about student voice Support for Learning. 22(4), 181-188
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2007. Making it real: engaging students in active citizenship projects.. In: THIESSEN, D. and COOK-SATHER, A., eds., The international handbook of student experience in elementary and secondary schools Dordrecht: Springer. 775-804
  • KAMLER, B and THOMSON, P, 2007. Rethinking doctoral writing as text work and identity work. In: SOMEKH, B and SCHWANDT, T, eds., Knowledge production: Research Work in Interesting Times London: Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P.L., HALL, C. and RUSSELL, L., 2006. An arts project failed, censored or...? A critical incident approach to artist-school partnerships Changing English. 13(1), 29-44
  • KAMLER, B. and THOMSON, P., 2006. Helping doctoral students write: pedagogies for supervision Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2006. Policy scholarship against de-politicisation. In: OZGA, J., SEDDON, T. and POPKEWITZ, T.S., eds., World yearbook of education 2006 London: Routledge.
  • THOMSON, P.L. and GUNTER, H., 2006. From 'consulting pupils' to 'pupils as researchers': a situated case narrative. British Educational Research Journal. 32(6), 839-856
  • BLACKMORE, J., THOMSON, P.L. and BARTY, K., 2006. Principal selection: homosociability, the search for security and the production of normalized principal identities Educational Management, Administration & Leadership. 34(3), 297-318
  • HOLLINS, K., GUNTER, H. M. and THOMSON, P.L., 2006. Living improvement: a case study of a secondary school in England Improving Schools. 9(2), 141-152
  • HARRIS, B, VINCENT, K, THOMSON, P and TOALSTER, R, 2006. Does every child know they matter?: Pupil's views of one alternative to exclusion Pastoral Care in Education. 24(2), 28-38
  • THOMSON, P AND GUNTER, H, 2006. Stories from commissioned research In: BERA Conference Proceedings.
  • THOMSON, P.L. and BLACKMORE, J., 2006. Beyond the power of one: redesigning the work of schools and their principals. Journal of Educational Change. 7(3), 161-177
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2006. Miners, diggers, ferals and show-men: school-community projects that affirm and unsettle identities and place At: British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(1) 81-96
  • THOMSON, P.L., NIXON, H. and COMBER, B., 2006. A case of intention deficit disorder? ICT policy, disadvantaged schools and leaders. School Effectiveness and School Improvement: an international journal of research, policy and practice. 17(4), 465-482
  • THOMSON, P.L., BROWN, L., DAY, C. and TOWNSEND, A., 2005. Developing A Networked Learning Community with ICT - Learning the Hard Way
  • HALL, C.J. and THOMSON, P., 2005. Creative tensions? Creativity and basic skills in recent educational policy English in Education. 39(3), 5-18
  • THOMSON, P.L., BLACKMORE, J. and SACHS, J., 2005. An investigation of the declining supply in principals in Australia,
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2005. Who's afraid of Saul Alinsky?: radical traditions in community organising Forum for Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education. 47(2/3), 199-206
  • THOMSON, P.L., MCQUADE, V. and ROCHFORD, K., 2005. 'My little special house': re-forming the risky geographies of middle school girls at Clifftop College. In: Problem Girls: working with troubled and troublesome young women. London: Routledge Falmer,.
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2005. Building family-school relationships in Australia and New Zealand: debates, dilemas and promising directions. In: HIATT-MICHAEL, DIANA B., ed., Promising Practices for Family Involvement Across the Continents Greenwich: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • BARTY, K., THOMSON, P.L., BLACKMORE, J. and SACHS, J., 2005. Unpacking the issues: researching the shortage of school principals in two states in Australia Australian Educational Researcher. 32(3), 1-18
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2005. Developing the textual turn: tracking the grammar of research case records Educational Action Research. 13(1), 137-159
  • THOMSON, P., 2005. Globalising the rust belt and public education. In: MICHAEL APPLE and JANE KENWAY. MICHAEL SINGH, eds., Globalising Education: Policies, Pedagogies and Politics Bern: Peter Lang AG. 79-92
  • THOMSON, P.L., ELLISON, L., BYROM, T. and BULMAN, D., 2004. An investigation into queries that school offices receive from parents and carers DfES. (Research Report RR57)
  • REID, A. and THOMSON, P.L., 2004. Democracy and the official curriculum. In: WILLIS, P, ed., Lifelong learning and the democratic imagination: revisioning justice, freedom and community 415-430
  • KAMLER, B. and THOMSON, P.L., 2004. Driven to abstraction: doctoral supervision and writing pedagogies Teaching in Higher Education. 9(2), 195-210
  • THOMSON, P., 2004. Unpopular Voices: Listening to Pupils 'At Risk' Available at: <http://www.cybertext.net.au/inet/focus_papers/f5_14.htm>
  • BLACKMORE, J. and THOMSON, P.L., 2004. Just `good and bad news'?: disciplinary imaginaries of head teachers in Australia and English print media Journal of Education Policy. 19(3), 301-320
  • REID, A. and THOMSON, P.L., 2003. Challenging the dominant discourse of the state aid debate. Change: Transformations in Education. 6(1), 19-33
  • REID, A. and THOMSON, P.L., eds., 2003. Rethinking public education: towards a public curriculum Brisbane: Post Pressed.
  • THOMSON, P.L., BLACKMORE, J., SACHS, J. and TREGENZA, K, 2003. High stakes principleship - sleepless nights, heart attacks and sudden death accountabilities: reading media representations of the US principal shortage Australian Journal of Education. 42(2), 118
  • THOMSON, P.L., MCQUADE, V. and ROCHFORD, K., 2003. "No-One's a good or bad student here": changing identities in an active citizenship project International Journal of Learning. 10,
  • THOMSON, P.L. and COMBER, B., 2003. Deficient "disadvantage students" or media-savvy new meaning makers?: engaging new metaphors for redesigning classrooms and pedagogies McGill Journal of Education. 38(2), 305-328
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2003. Just curriculum work Education Review. 17(1), 82-89
  • THOMSON, P.L. and HOLDSWORTH, R., 2003. Theorizing change in the educational `field': re-readings of `student participation' projects International Journal of Leadership in Education. 6(4), 371-392
  • THOMSON, P and REID A, 2003. Introduction: what's public about curriculum?. In: , ed., Rethinking public education: towards a public curriculum
  • SANDERSON, V. and THOMSON, P.L., 2003. Towards a just indigenous education: a continuing challenge for state schooling. In: REID, A. and THOMSON, P.L., eds., Rethinking public education: towards a public curriculum 95-120
  • THOMSON, P., 2002. Schooling the rustbelt kids: making the difference in changing times Sterling USA, Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd.
  • SANDERSON, V. and THOMSON, P., 2002. Diversity and Discipline: the impact of punishment on the learning of Aboriginal students
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2002. Our families : strengthening school-family relations.
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2002. Muddy waters and dirty discourse(s): teaching about social justice in teacher education Teaching Education. 13(1), 103-111
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2002. Strengthening family-school relationships: a story about using research to develop policy and practice in Tasmania International Electronic Journal for leadership in learning. 6(13),
  • BRENNAN, M., KENWAY, J., THOMSON, P.L. and ZIPIN, L., 2002. Uneasy alliances: university, workplace, industry and profession in the education doctorate Australian Educational Researcher. 29(3), 63-84
  • MCWILLIAM, E., TAYLOR, P. and THOMSON, P., 2002. Research training in professional doctoral programs: What can we learn from professional doctorates? Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.
  • COMBER, B., THOMSON, P.L. and WELLS, M., 2001. Critical literacy finds a "place": writing and social action in a low-income Australian grade 2/3 classroom Elementary School Journal. 101(4), 451-464
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2001. Lessons from Alberta?: choice, equity, diversity and democracy in public education Curriculum Perspectives. 21(3), 39-50
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2001. The sound of one hand grasping at straws?: the struggle for equity and the quality in public education. In: NURSEY-BRAY, P. and BACCHI, C.L., eds., Left directions : is there a third way? 178-192
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2001. Ambiguous practice: a professional doctorate for public sector leaders. In: Doctoral education and professional practice: the next generation Armidale: Kardoorair Press. 247-274
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2001. From DSP to CLP: literacy, educational disadvantage and policy English in Australia. 19-34
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2000. Like school, educational disadvantage and thisness. Australian Educational Researcher. 27(3), 151-166
  • THOMSON, P.L., 2000. Move over Rover!: an essay/assay of the field of educational management in the UK Journal of Education Policy. 15(6), 717-732

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