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  • Initial Teacher Education, BA(hons) programme (SCQF levels 7-10)
  • PGDE Programme (SCQF levels 10-11)
  • PGDE Critical Self-Evaluation (SCQF level 11)
  • MSC in Mental Health: Leading and Motivating Learning (SCQF level 11)


Currently engaged in PhD study into Teacher professional learning communities (PLCs) which are frequently presented as a mechanism for enhancing professional knowledge and capacity in teachers.  Significant research evidence has been generated to support this view (Cordingley et al. 2005; Stoll et al. 2006, 2007; Edwards, 2012). Collaborative observational practices such as Learning Rounds, Learning Triads or Learning Walks are increasingly advocated in education and other professions as a means of supporting home-grown professional learning situated in the workplace. However, there are conflicting arguments in this debate (see Dooner et. al.(2008); Fendler (2011) Servage (2009) and Watson (2014)) and further empirical knowledge is vital to inform practice in this area and generate deeper understanding of the relationships and processes involved in PLCs, and their emergent agentic effects. This study aims to fill that gap

Target collaborative organisations

In discussion with Nienke Moolenar (University of Utrecht) regarding potential collaborative research project on Professional learning Communities (pending PhD)

In discussion with Centre for Social Ontology (UCL) - on-going participation in CR interest group

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange


Online professional development for teachers

Target collaborative companies

Ongoing partnership with Bridges programmes to develop programme to enable qualified refugees into teaching

External positions

Online Facilitator, Scottish Educational Leadership and Management Association

Mar 2012 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • professional learning
  • PLCs
  • collaborative practices
  • agency
  • Education Policy

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Research Output 2013 2017

12 Downloads (Pure)

Professional learning communities as drivers of educational change: the case of learning rounds

Philpott, C. & Oates, C., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of Educational Change. 18, 2, p. 209-234 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
research focus

Accessing the field: methodological difficulties of research in schools

Oates, C. & Riaz, N. N., 21 Dec 2016, In : Education in the North. 23, 2, p. 53-74 22 p., 23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
field research
cultural capital
4 Downloads (Pure)

Teacher agency and professional learning communities: what can Learning Rounds in Scotland teach us?

Philpott, C. & Oates, C., 18 May 2016, In : Professional Development in Education. 43, 3, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Learning Rounds: what the literature tells us (and what it doesn’t)

Philpott, C. & Oates, C., 2015, In : Scottish Educational Review. 47, 1, p. 49-65

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
government agency

Methodological difficulties in research: accessing schools as sites of research

Oates, C. & Riaz, N., 18 Nov 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

school research
field research
research process


University of Stirling, Vice Chancellor's Award

Catriona Oates (Recipient), 22 Apr 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

roundtable discussion
social science

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Publication peer-review

Education in the North (Journal)

Catriona Oates (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review