Phil Taylor is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Management and programme leader for MA Educational Leadership and Management courses. In recent years, his work has been dedicated to supporting the professional growth, organisational development and self-determined learning of teachers and educational leaders, particularly through practice-based inquiry and masters-level study.
Pursuing a lifelong career in education, Phil taught maths, computing and ICT for fourteen years in two large London comprehensive schools, before settling in the Midlands and working for eight years in advisory roles for two local authorities. During this time, he held various leadership positions, including school ICT co-ordinator and assistant headteacher, followed by local authority consultant, secondary strategy manager and school improvement partner roles. Moving into higher education in 2010, for six years Phil was course leader for education masters programmes and taught on PGCE courses at Birmingham City University, prior to joining the University of Nottingham.
Phil's main educational research and practice interests:
· Complexity thinking, self-determined learning and heutagogy.
· Reflective and collaborative practice-based inquiry and participatory action research.
· Teacher personal and professional growth, agency, development and learning.
· School and organisational development and improvement.
· Generative educational leadership, management and governance.
· ICT as a tool for thinking, learning and development.
Phil is course leader and teaches on the MA Educational Leadership and Management programme. He has also taught on the BA Education Studies course and co-supervises doctoral students.
TOWNSEND, ANDREW and TAYLOR, PHIL, 2019. Participatory Action Research and Teacher Education. In: PETERS, MICHAEL A., ed., Encyclopedia of Teacher Education Springer Singapore. 1-6