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Since 2011 Eira has been a tutor at the University of Winchester and currently she leads the MA Education Programme. She is also part of the Primary Science team. Her teaching experience includes teaching in Key Stage 2 in both rural and inner-city contexts in the U.K. and Key Stage 1 in an international school. Eira also has also worked in a research-based role within the National Foundation for Educational Research.
The belief that research is an essential and effective driver of change underpins her practice. She has carried out research into ways of enhancing the student learning experience through research which takes into account the student voice. This work has informed the development of practice based on creative learning and teaching opportunities designed to meet students’ own perceived learning needs. Eira is particularly interested in facilitating research within educational contexts and is committed to working with school-based professionals on developing their research interests.

Areas of expertise

Eira has experience of leading and supporting teaching and learning in a variety of contexts both within primary schools and in Initial Teacher Education. She has worked in a range of areas in Higher Education including science, music and mathematics. She has extensive experience of supervision of MA Dissertation research projects.




Journal Articles

  • Patterson, E.W. (2018): Exploratory talk in the early years: analysing exploratory talk in collaborative group activities involving younger learners. Education 3-13, 46 (3), 264-276.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2011) Initial teacher development in science: the impact of constructivist-informed practice on learning. Teacher Development, 15(1), pp69-86.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2001) Structuring the composition process in scientific writing. International Journal of Science Education, 23(1), pp.1-16.

Paper currently in development 

  • The concept of rigour in qualitative research: A systematic and thematic synthesis of evidence

Book chapter

Patterson, E.W. (2019) Researching your teaching, in Capel, S., Lawrence, J., Leask, M., and Younie, S. (Eds) (2019) Surviving and Thriving: A companion for the recently qualified teacher, Abingdon: Taylor Francis.


Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 1: Doing a literature review: How to find and make sense of published research, MESHGuide, University of Winchester. Available at: http://www.meshguides.org/guides/node/406

Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 2: Developing your research design, MESHGuide, University of Winchester. Available at: http://www.meshguides.org/guides/node/483?n=438

Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 3: Considering ethics in your research, MESHGuide, University of Winchester. Available at: http://www.meshguides.org/guides/node/592?n=519


  • Patterson, E.W. (2007) ‘Developing talk and cooperative learning in the Early Years.’ British Educational Research Association Conference: Institute of Education, University of London, 4th 8th September.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2009) ‘The journey of a teacher educator: From transmission to construction.’ Centre for Learner Identity Studies Conference, Edge Hill University, 14th July.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2009) ‘Analysis of factors influencing the contribution of talk to learning during collaborative group work in science.’ BERA Conference, University of Manchester, 2nd-4th September.
  • Cole, T.D. and Patterson, E.W. (2014) ‘How does technology support pupils' creativity when composing music in Key Stage 4?’ British Educational Research Association Conference: Institute of Education, University of London, September 2014.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2015) ‘An exploration of factors influencing the potential of research to impact on the development of students’ practice in the classroom,’ TEAN Conference, Aston University, 13th-14th May.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2015) Transforming Practice: An exploration of factors influencing the potential of research to impact on the development of students’ practice, UCET Conference, 3rd-4th November, Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2016) ‘The role of school-based mentors in supporting the development of students’ practice: Insights from research,’ TEAN Conference, Aston University, 5th-6th May.


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