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My first degree was in psychology. I then completed a PGCE, and taught mathematics in a London comprehensive school. I then completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge on the topic of teacher stress. My teaching focuses on psychological aspects of teaching and learning in schools. I am a Professor in Educational Psychology and am currently the PhD Programme Leader.
I am particularly interested in researching aspects of effective teaching, the experience of being a teacher, pupil learning and pupil motivation.
Recent PhD studies I have supervised include research on the following topics:
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I have published four books: Effective Teaching in Schools, Essential Teaching Skills, Helping Troubled Pupils, and Stress-busting for Teachers. My recent journal papers have paid particular attention to aspects of effective teaching, pupil motivation and the experience of being a teacher. These include the following:
Kyriacou, C., & Uhlemann, A. (2011). Swiss student-teachers' views of social pedagogy. Pastoral Care in Education, 29(1), 25-33.
Kyriacou, C. (2010). Japanese high school teachers’ views on pupil misbehaviour. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 18(3), 245-259.
Kyriacou, C., & Ortega Martin, J. L. (2010). Beginning secondary school teachers’ perceptions of pupil misbehaviour in Spain. Teacher Development, 14(4), 415.426.
Kyriacou. C. (2009). The five dimension of social pedagogy within schools. Pastoral Care in Education, 27(2), 101-108
Kyriacou, C., Ellingsen, I.T., Stephens, P., & Sundaram, V. (2009). Social pedagogy and the teacher: England and Norway compared. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 17(1), 75-87.
Kyriacou, C. (2008). Shanghai pupils’ motivation towards learning English and the perceived influence of important others. Educational Studies, 34(2), 97-104.
Kyriacou, C., Avramidis, E., Hoie, H., Hultgren, A., & Stephens, P. (2007). The development of student teachers’ views on pupil misbehaviour during an initial teacher training programme in England and Norway. Journal of Education for Teaching, 33(3), 293-307.
Kyriacou, C., & Goulding, M. (2007). Researching classroom activities to raise secondary school pupils’ motivational effort in mathematics. Psychology of Education Review, 31(1), 34-40.
Kyriacou, C., & Kunc, R. (2007). Beginning teachers’ expectations of teaching, Teaching and Teacher Education, 23(8), 1246-1257.
I am a member of the American Educational Research Association, the British Educational Research Association, the British Psychological Society, and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.
I have recently conducted four systematic reviews of the literature on aspects of mathematics teaching and learning in schools for the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
I am involved in conducting comparative studies of teaching and teacher education in England and Norway, in collaboration with the University of Stavanger (Norway).