Dr Nick Pratt
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Dr Nick Pratt

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education (IMP)

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Senior Lecturer in Education with a specialism in mathematics education and social theory.

Qualifications

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

EdD Leaders National Network (Director) 

Professional Doctorates (SIG)
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE)

Teaching interests

I work on the following programmes:

  • Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)
  • PhD
  • MA Education
  • BEd (Maths Education)


Research interests

Current projects include:

- Understanding teachers' assessment in primary school mathematics as 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

More generally my interest is in the ways in which accountability affects interactions and relationships between learners and educators and how this results in changes to how learning takes place.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD

Caroline McGrath (2018) as DoS: ‘Oral Story: A pedagogical tool encouraging children’s mathematical thinking.’

Clare Dowdall (2012): ‘Text Production in Bebo: a study of three children's text production in online social networking sites’.

EdD

Phil Brown (2019) as DoS: ‘Student voices and student choices: narrative accounts of differentiated higher education experiences of first in family HE students’

Sasha Pleasance (2018) as DoS: ‘Illusio in lesson observation: making policy work by playing the game.’

John Hilsdon (2018) as DoS: ‘The significance of the field of practice ‘Learning Development’ in UK higher education’.

Paul Hodson (2017): ‘From the Secret Garden to the Panopticon? Changing freedoms and the growing crisis in primary school headteacher recruitment.’

Helen Goodall (2014) as DoS: ‘Professional Development And Beyond: A Participative Study Of A Self-Facilitated Learning Group’.


Grants & contracts

External funding:

2017: ‘Supervision of professional doctoral students: investigating pedagogy for supporting critical voice and theorisation’: £10k funded by SRHE Research Award 2017-2018.

2005: ‘Developing a VLE to support ITT students’, £10,000 funded by TTA: Promoting E-Learning Communities In ITT & Induction project.

2004: Video Inspired Dialogue (VID): Distributing and exchanging knowledge across an e-learning community’, £25,000 funded by TTA: Supporting e-learning communities in ITT project.

Internal funding:

2010: Learning as participation in the development and enactment of professional knowledge; £10k funded by Plymouth University, 2010 – 2012.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
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
Books
Pratt N 2006 Interactive Maths Teaching in the Primary School. London Sage Publications Ltd
Chapters
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
Conference Papers
Pratt N & Alderton J 2017 'It's different, it's difficult, it's unknown': Letting go of levels' 3580-3587 PEARL
Pratt N 2015 'Mathematics assessment, competition and professional capital' 3107-3114
Other Publications
Pratt N & Waite S 0 Learning outside the classroom: birth to eleven. London Sage