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Alison Pearson

University of Exeter

Alison Pearson is in her final year of her ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Exeter. Her research started off as a project into teacher resilience, and has broadened into investigating what sustains those teachers who stay in teaching when so many leave. Her research has involved carrying out in-depth interviews with long-serving secondary school teachers, supported by teacher-created visual timelines, which explored their emotional highs and lows, factors perceived as contributing to these, and factors they identified would support them further.

Prior to embarking on her doctoral research, Alison worked for many years in further education, with roles including teacher, manager and senior leader, followed by self-employed work including training, coaching and consultancy.

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