Dr Paul Adams

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Born and raised in the West Midlands, Paul undertook his initial teacher education at the University of Warwick. He then taught a range of subjects and pupils in a Hertfordshire middle school. During his final three years at the school he acted as PSE coordinator.

In the academic year 1998 to 1999 Paul undertook a Masters degree in Health Education and Health Promotion at King’s College, London. For his dissertation he researched primary school teachers’ views of empowerment as a methodology for drugs education.

Following his MSc he worked for Northumberland’s Health Action Zone and LEA as Advisory Teacher (Health Issues) where he was part of the team that developed the county’s Healthy Schools Programme. While there he secured funding for a number of small-scale, professional development research projects in the area of education for personal and social development.

In 2001 Paul moved to Newman College of Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Studies, where he taught on a variety of ITE and non-ITE courses. He joined the University of Hull in January 2006. Whilst there he led the undergraduate programmes in Education Studies and was a member of the Faculty Academic Approvals Committee (AAC). He was chair of the Faculty Ethics Committee and led the research group, Leadership, Policy and Theory.

Paul joined the University on 1st January 2014 as Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy Policy.


Moderation and the primary school context
Adams Paul, Anderson Jemima
Education 3-13, pp. 1-48 (2017)
Education policy : explaining, framing and forming
Adams Paul
Journal of Education Policy (2015)
In defence of care : Gilligan’s relevance for primary education
Adams Paul
Pedagogy, Culture and Society (2015)
Self-determined learning: heutagogy in action
Adams Paul
British Journal of Educational Studies Vol 62, pp. 476-478 (2014)
Caring and educating : government discourse, care and learning
Adams Paul
Social and Moral Fabric of the School: 8th International Conference (2014)
Policy and Education
Adams Paul
Foundations of Education Studies Foundations of Education Studies (2014)

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Research interests

Paul's doctoral study was a Social Constructivist/Social Constructionist theoretcial exposition of policy discourses under the auspices of New Labour. In his publications he explored the epistemological position for contemporary policy which culminated in a new perspective on educational policy-making: policy as positioning.

From 2007 to 2009 Paul was a member of the Evaluation team for  Shape-Up4 a pan-European project concerned with nutrition and movement.

Paul is a member of the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Primary Education5 (ASPE) and is book reviews editor and member of the Editorial Board for the Peer Reviewed Journal Education 3 to 13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education6.

Paul’s current research is in the policy and politics of education, in particular the politics of learning and teaching, pedagogy more broadly, and care in education all under the broad banner of social and educational inclusion. He favours a social constructionist approach to studying education and related issues.

Professional activities

Journal of Education Policy (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Professional Development in Education. (Journal)
Peer reviewer
External member of the validation panel for BA Education Studies Leeds Trinity University
External Examiner
Education 3-13 (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Sage (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
Open University Press (Publisher)
Peer reviewer

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Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE):
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017

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