Peter is Professor of Education Policy Research at the University of Birmingham. He also leads the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access and programme lead for the Masters in School Improvement and Educational Leadership.
His main research interests are multidisciplinary analysis of participation, choice and engagement in secondary and higher education.
Private and public finance of education.
Conceptual change with particular reference to understanding in economics.
Relationships between different theoretical perspectives on conceptual change, particularly Variation Theory and Threshold Concepts.
Development of teachers’ thinking and practice through ‘Learning Study’
Professor, Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access, University of Birmingham
University of Manchester, Ph.D. (Education)
University of Manchester, PGCE (Secondary)
University of Manchester, MA Economics
University of Liverpool, BA Economics, first, GLS Shackle prize
Cultural and Human Capital, Information and Higher Education Choices, Journal of Education Policy
Paying for Quality? Associations between private school fees, performance and use of resources, British Educational Research Journal
Defining and assessing enterprise capability, Journal of Education and Work
Swedish upper secondary school students’ conceptions of negative environmental impact and pricing, Sustainability
A response to Entwistle and Nisbet, Psychology of Education Review
Labour market motivation and undergraduates’ choice of degree subject. , British Educational Research Journal
‘Hot’, ‘cold’ and ‘warm’ information and higher education decision-making, British Journal of Sociology of Education
Attracting Mature Students into Higher Education: The Impact of Approaches to Learning and Social Identity, Journal of Further and Higher Education
Can governments improve Higher Education through ‘informing choice’? , British Journal of Educational Studies
Young people’s understanding of socio-economic phenomena: conceptions about the free provision of goods and services. , Journal of Economic Psychology
Variation in the length of an undergraduate degree: participation and outcomes, Studies in Higher Education
Grants and Contracts
Labour Market Expectations, Relative Performance and Subject Choice