• 237 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Personal profile


Following a career in four Secondary schools Tim taught on teacher education in several universities including Kingston University, Bath Spa University and the University of Southampton, before moving to Edge Hill University in 2011 as Professor in Education. He directed the research centre for Schools, Colleges and Teacher Education (SCaTE) and teaches research methods on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

His PhD was a study of mentoring, under the supervision of Professor Helen Simons, who pioneered the use of case study in educational research. As a result of his work in this field, he became a member of a European Union – funded project in mentoring. His interests have shifted more recently to a concern with how teachers, particularly in schools, use research findings and collaborative research methods to develop their practice. His work in this area has appeared in Croatian, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, and Slovene publications and he has given Keynote Addresses to international conferences in Belgium and Croatia.

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Research Output 2004 2019

  • 237 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 3 Book
  • 1 Abstract

Research-informed Initial Teacher Education

Cain, T., 27 Mar 2019, An Ecosystem for Research-Engaged Schools. Godfrey, D. (ed.). Routledge, p. 123-137 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Becoming a research-informed school: Why? What? How?

Cain, T., 20 Dec 2018, London: Routledge. 232 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

school research
social media

RETAIN early career teacher retention programme: evaluating the role of research informed continuing professional development for a high quality, sustainable 21st century teaching profession.

Ovenden-Hope, T., Blandford, S., Cain, T. & Maxwell, B., 21 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Education for Teaching. 44, 5, p. 590-607

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


How To Be Good: Behaviour Management Policies in 36 Secondary Schools

Shortt, D., Cain, T., Knapton, H. & McKenzie, J., 27 Mar 2017, In : Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 15, 1, p. 155-180

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
secondary school

Teaching Music Differently

Cain, T. & Cursley, J., 13 Jun 2017, Abingdon: Routledge. 216 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review



Perceptions of the informal learning branch of Musical Futures

Author: MARIGUDDI, A., 9 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Cain, T. (Director of Studies), GARRETT, B. (Supervisor) & GRAVES, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis