Dr Nick Pratt

Dr Nick Pratt

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education (IMP)

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Tutor on the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) and MA Education programmes, both in the Institute of Education. 

For information on the MA Education programme CLICK HERE

For information on the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) CLICK HERE


2004: PhD (University of Plymouth) - Thesis entitled 'Interactive teaching in the National Numeracy Strategy: tensions in a supportive framework'

1989: PGCE (Primary Science - University of Exeter)

1988: BA (Hons) Engineering Science (University of Oxford)

Professional membership

Professional Doctorates (SIG) - http://www.professionaldoctorates.org/

EdD Leaders National Network (Director) - http://sites.google.com/site/eddnatnet/home

British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)

Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE)

Teaching interests

Professional Learning (Professional Doctorate in Education - programme leader)

Sociological perspectives on Education
Maths Education

Staff serving as external examiners

Currently: External Examiner for MA Education at Kings College London

Research interests

My PhD thesis explored the difficulties facing both teachers and children in attempting to teach in an interactive, whole class, style as advocated by the National Numeracy Strategy. The work involved a consideration of the nature and limitations of the discourse inherent in such interaction.

Currently I'm interested in the use of sociocultural perspectives to make sense of educational interaction.

Current projects include:

- Understanding teachers' assessment in primary school mathematics as socio-professional 'work'.

- Exploring the development of professional knowledge through the EdD programme - see: www.srhe.ac.uk/downloads/reports-2016/Pratt-Shaughnessy-Research-Report.pdf

- Teachers and students co-constructing pedagogy in secondary mathematics classes.

Research groups

  • Mathematics Education
  • PhD in Education
  • Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)
  • Professional Theory and Practice

Key publications are highlighted

Pratt N & Alderton J 2019 'Producing assessment truths: a Foucauldian analysis of teachers’ reorganisation of levels in English primary schools' British Journal of Sociology of Education 1-19 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Czerniawski G, Pratt N & Vigurs K 2017 'Editorial: Professional doctorates in Education: Exploring the tensions and opportunities for those in leadership' Management in Education 31, (4) 151-152 , DOI PEARL
Pratt NM 2016 'Playing the levelling field: teachers’ management of assessment in English primary schools' Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice , DOI PEARL
Pratt NM & Kelly P 2016 'The cultural construction of subject discipline knowledge: comparing ‘abstraction’ in two international contexts' Research in Comparative and International Education , DOI PEARL
Pratt N 2016 'Neoliberalism and the (internal) marketisation of primary school assessment in England' British Educational Research Journal , DOI PEARL
Pratt NM, Tedder M, Boyask R & Kelly P 2013 'Pedagogic relations and professional change: a sociocultural analysis of students' learning in a professional doctorate' Studies in Higher Education 40, (1) 43-59 , DOI
Kelly P, Dorf H, Pratt N & Hohmann U 2013 'Comparing teacher roles in Denmark and England' Compare 44, (4) 566-586 , DOI PEARL
Kelly P, Pratt N, Dorf H & Hohmann U 2013 'Comparing Pedagogy in Mathematics in Denmark and England' European Educational Research Journal 12, (4) 553-567 , DOI
Pratt NM & Back J 2013 'Using communities of practice as a tool to analyse developing identity in online discussion' Learning, Media and Technology 38, (3) 284-300 Publisher Site , DOI
Kelly P, Hohmann U, Pratt N & Dorf H 2012 'Teachers as mediators: an exploration of situated English teaching' British Education Research Journal 39, , DOI PEARL
Dorf H, Kelly P, Pratt N & Hohmann U 2012 'Varieties of teacher expertise in teaching Danish language and literature in lower secondary schools' Nordic Studies in Education 32, 17-34 PEARL
Peacock A & Pratt N 2011 'How young people respond to learning spaces outside school: A sociocultural perspective' Learning Environments Research 14, (1) 11-24 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Pratt N 2009 'Process skills and knowledge; what does it mean to learn science?' Primary Science (106) 27-29
Pratt N & Back J 2009 'Spaces to discuss mathematics: communities of practice on an online discussion board' Research in Mathematics Education 11, (2) 115-130 Author Site , DOI
Pratt N 2008 'Multi-point e-conferencing with Initial Teacher Training students in England: pitfalls and potential' 24, (6) 1476-1486
Pratt N & Woods P 2007 'Changing PGCE students' mathematical understanding through a community of inquiry into problem solving' 9, 79-94
Pratt N & Kelly P 2007 'Mapping mathematical communities: classrooms, research communities and masterclasses' 27, (2) 34-39
Pratt N 2006 'Interactive teaching in numeracy lessons: what do children have to say?' 36, (2) 221-235 Author Site Publisher Site
Pratt N 2003 'On Martyn Hammersley's critique of Bassey's concept of the fuzzy generalisation' OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION 29, (1) 27-32 Author Site , DOI
Pratt N 2002 'Mathematics As Thinking' 181, 34-37
Pratt N 2006 Interactive Maths Teaching in the Primary School. London Sage Publications Ltd
Waite SJ & Pratt N 2015 'Situated learning (Learning in Situ). In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopaedia for the Social and Behavioural Sciences (2nd edition) Vol 22. Oxford: Elsevier. p5012' in Wright JD International Encyclopaedia for the Social and Behavioural Sciences (2nd edition) Vol 22. 5012-5032 PEARL
Waite S & Pratt N 2015 'Situated Learning (Learning In Situ)' International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Elsevier 5-12 , DOI
Pratt N 2011 'Mathematics outside the classroom' in Waite S Children learning outside the classroom. From birth to eleven London Sage Publications 80-93
Waite S & Pratt N 2011 'Theoretical perspectives on learning outside the classroom: relationships between learning and place' in Waite S Children learning outside the classroom. From birth to eleven London Sage Publications 1-18
Pratt N 2008 'Using multipoint conferencing with teaching students: balancing technological potential with practical challenges' in Donnelly R; McSweeney F Applied eLearning and eTeaching in Higher Education New York Information Science Publishing
Pratt N & Berry J 2007 'The joy of mathematics' in Hayes D Joyful teaching and learning in the primary school Exeter Learning Matters 97-105
Other Publications
Pratt N & Waite S 0 Learning outside the classroom: birth to eleven. London Sage 0 0
Pratt N 0 The National Numeracy Strategy: tensions in a supportive framework. 0 0