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Dr Adam Wood
Room 767
Institute of Education
20, Bedford Way
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  • Research Fellow
  • Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a full-time Research Fellow in the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research and previously worked as a researcher in Australia and Italy, a researcher-manager for Key Stage 4 English curriculum and qualifications for Cambridge Assessment/OCR, as a secondary English Teacher in London and a TESOL teacher in Italy. I have also taught various Education and Sociology-related modules at under- and postgraduate level.

  • Ph.D. (Education)
  • Masters Teaching and Learning
  • MA English Education
  • Masters Development Economics
  • PGCE (Secondary)
  • BA Hons English and Italian
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Research Summary

I research the relationship between educational aims and physical space, exploring, for example:

  • how young people and teachers manage physical and social space
  • how the promotion of educational aims and policy is attempted through the organisation of physical space i.e. school architecture
  • how school buildings and architecture (and educational infrastructure more broadly) change, contributing to new understandings of (and possibilities for) schooling, teaching and learning

My research has explored school-building policies, programmes and procurement in Italy and Australia (funded by the Leverhulme Trust - my paper, 'Built Policy', in JEP develops the case that buildings do education policy) and the role of innovative architecture in shaping teachers' work in a new Academy school in the north of England (through long-term ethnographic study.) My current research explores: urban schools and their social infrastructure; the effects of austerity on the provision of educational space; how architects have often generated exciting and productive educational concepts of space (see my argument in relation to the Italian architect, Giancarlo De Carlo, for example).

How the organization of school space can help students learn and teachers teach is central to my research but I am also interested in producing broader accounts of what schools do and might be for. With Dr Emma Dyer, I write about school space and architecture at architectureandeducation.org
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