Alison Pearson


PhD Researcher in Education (ESRC +3)
Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2017

Research topic: Resilient Professionals? Teacher perspectives on the role of initial training and early career experiences in their professional formation

My research is concerned with teacher resilience, principally focusing on the contribution of initial teacher training and early career experiences to resilience development. My research explores this important area from the perspective of secondary school teachers who are five to ten years post qualification: teachers viewed as “survivors”, having successfully navigated their early careers.  I hope that my project will support the development of policy and practice in initial training and early career support for teachers, as well as contributing to a better understanding of the complex topic of professional resilience.


Research supervisors: Professor Vivienne Baumfield, Dr Karen Walshe