Dr Alison Black
Senior Lecturer in Education


Research interests

Proficient in methods that require elements of statistical analysis and measurement/comparison of variables. Developed competence in a range of qualitative techniques, such as thematic analysis. Taken a mixed-method approach to own research, employing a range of qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis tools, and triangulating these data sources.

Research projects

Alison is a researcher on a number of projects at the University of Exeter:

Lesson Planning for Diversity Society for Educational Studies May - November 2014. This project sets out to explore the processes involved in planning and reviewing lessons in relation to teachers‘ understandings of learner difference and diversity. The aims of the project are to examine: - how teachers‘ understanding and knowledge around learner diversity influences their lesson planning; - how teachers conceive and cater for diversity in their plans; - how the planning process itself influences teachers‘ understandings of learner difference; - how this lesson planning becomes enacted in the classroom and to what extent. By examining the practices, thoughts and beliefs of teachers whose lesson planning is judged to be of a high quality, the research project will reveal ways in which policy standards of catering for diversity (as seen in the Teachers‘ Standards) can be met.

‘Empowering Partnerships: Enabling Engagement‘ EPSRC January 2013 - December 2015. Work with subject experts, education experts, schools and Early Career Researchers to communicate research to enhance the school curriculum and to raise aspirations of young people from diverse backgrounds. Manage and facilitate project and project themes/ strands, develop project evaluation strategy.


Research grants

  • 2014 Society for Educational Studies
    An examination of how teachers plan for and manage diversity in their lesson plans.


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