Professor Diana Burton

Joint Head of Institute of Education Research

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323284 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Teacher education and professional identity


Professor Burton is an established researcher and former Pro-Vice Chancellor with extensive University leadership experience. She began her career as a secondary school teacher later becoming a teacher educator at Crewe College where she led the development of school-based ITE courses. She has taught on teacher education, education studies and research programmes and has supervised and examined a number of doctoral students within several universities.

Diana held senior leadership posts in 3 institutions, including as Head of Education at MMU, Dean of Education at LJMU and later Pro-Vice Chancellor. In 2013 Diana joined UOW part-time to lead education research. She enjoys working with colleagues and students to support their research endeavours.

Diana has a Masters in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Style and Differentiated Learning and is the author of over 100 publications including over 50 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, 8 books and 19 chapters. A 4th edition of the leading text for education studies students which Diana co-authors with Professor Steve Bartlett, ‘Introduction to Education Studies’, will be published by Sage in March 2016. Her research interests include teacher education, children’s learning, education policy and practitioner enquiry.

Diana has held professorships at LJMU and Wolverhampton and is an active member of the British Education Research Association. She has held committee posts at national and regional level in a number of organisations, including as chair of a large FE College and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Society for the Arts

Research interests

  • Education policy
  • Educational psychology

Membership of professional bodies

Certificate of Education (QTS)


PhD (Educational Psychology) University of Birmingham

Master of Education University of Birmingham

Bachelor of Education University of East Anglia

Certificate of Education Margaret McMillan College of Education, Bradford


1. Burton, D.M. & S. May, S. (2015) ‘From Field to Fork: Parents’/carers’ perceptions and experiences of growing, preparing and eating their own fruit and vegetables as part of the Field to Fork project’.Education: 3-13 DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2015.1078573

2. Burton, D.M. & May, S. (2015) Citizenship Education in Secondary Schools in England, Educational Futures, ejournal of the British Education Studies Association, 7 (1),  

3. Walker, C., Stanley, G., Blundell, M., Burton, D.M., Jones, M., May, S. & Walker, S. (2013) ‘Lessons learned - Increasing participation of children with disabilities in Physical Education through a collaborative school and third sector partnership approach’, Educational Futures: ejournal of the British Education Studies Association, 6 (1),

4. Goodman, R. & Burton, D. (2012) ‘The academies programme: an education revolution’, Education Futures: ejournal of the British Education Studies Association Journal,58-78

5. Dunn, A. & Burton, D.M. (2011) ‘New Labour, communitarianism and citizenship education in England and Wales’ Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 6(2):169-179

6.O’Connor, M., Hodkinson, A. & Burton, D. Torstensson, G. (2011) ‘Pupil voice – listening to and hearing the educational experiences of young people with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD)’, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 16(3):289-302

7. Goodman, R. & Burton, D.M. (2011) 'What is the nature of the achievement gap, why does it persist and are Government goals sufficient to create social justice in the education system?' Education 3-13, 16(3):289-302

8. Burton, D. M. & Goodman, R. L. (2011) Perspectives of SENCos and support staff in England on their roles, relationships and capacity to support inclusive practice for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, Pastoral Care in Education, 29 (2):133-149

9. Burton, D. M. & Goodman, R. L. (2011) The Masters in Teaching and Learning: A revolution in teacher education or a bright light quickly extinguished? Journal of Education for Teaching, 37 (1) 51 – 61

10. Goodman, R. & Burton, D.M. (2010) ‘The inclusion of students with BESD in mainstream schools: teachers’ experiences of and recommendations for creating a successful inclusive environment’, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 15 (3) 223 - 237

11. Varga-Atkins, T., Burton, D.M., Campbell, A., O’Brien, M. & Qualter, A. (2010) The importance of interplay between school-based and networked professional development: school professionals' experiences of inter-school collaborations in learning networks, Journal of Educational Change, 11 (3) 241 - 272

12. Barrett-Baxendale, D. & Burton, D.M.  (2009)  21st Century Head Teacher – Pedagogue or Visionary? (2009) Journal of School Leadership and Management, 21 (2) 91-107

13. Curtis, L. & Burton, D.M. (2009) Naive change agent or canny political collaborator? The change in leadership role from Nursery School to Integrated Early Years Centre, Education 3-13, 37 (3) 287-299

14. O’Brien, M., Atkinson, A., Burton, D.M., Campbell, A. & Qualter, A. (2009) Social Inclusion and Learning Networks: A ‘wider notion of learning’ or taking things in a different direction? Research Papers in Education, 24 (1), 57-75

15. Burton, D.M., Bartlett, S.J. & de Cuevas, R.A. (2009) Are the contradictions and tensions that have characterised educational provision for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties a persistent feature of current policy?, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 14 (2), 141–155

16. Turnbull W, Burton D.M. & Mullins P. (2008) Strategic Re-positioning of Institutional Frameworks: balancing competing demands within the modular UK higher education environment Quality inHigher Education, 14 (1), 15-28

17. Clayton, S., Burton, D.M., Campbell, A., O’Brien, M. And Qualter, A. (2008) ‘I know it’s not proper research, but …’: how professionals’ understandings of research can frustrate its potential for CPD, Education Action Research, 16 (1), 73 -84

18. Clayton, S., Burton, D.M., Campbell, A., O’Brien, M. & Qualter, A. (2008) How are the perceptions of Learning Networks amongst school professionals shaped at an early stage in their introduction? What does this mean for their implementation? International Review of Education, 54, 211-242

19. Burton, D.M. (2007)Psycho-pedagogy and Personalised Learning, Journal of Education for Teaching, 33 (1) 5-17(6th most read article in journal accessed 24/10/12

20. Burton, D.M. & Bartlett, S.J. (2006) The Nature and Evolution of Education Studies Curriculum Journal, 17 (4) 383-396

21. O’Brien, M., Burton, D.M., Campbell, A., Qualter, A., Varga-Atkins, T. (2006) Learning Networks for Schools: keeping up with the times or a leap into the unknown, Curriculum Journal, 17 (4) 397-411

22. Bartlett, S.J.& Burton, D.M. (2006) Practitioner research or descriptions of practice?: a discussion of teachers investigating their classrooms, Education Action Research, 14 (3) 395-405

23. Bartlett, S.J, Burton, D.M. & Buckley, S. (2005) A case study of the importance of practitioner research for teacher development, Education 3-13, 33 (3) 15-19

24. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2003) Teachers as Researchers: An Evaluation of Best Practice Research Scholarships, Teacher Development 7 (1) 107-120

25. Burton, D.M. & Robinson, J. (1999) Cultural Interference: clashes of ideology and pedagogy in internationalising education, International Education, 28 (2) 5-30

26. Riding, R.J. & Burton, D.M.  (1998) Cognitive Style, Gender and Behaviour in secondary school pupils, Research in Education 59 (May) 38-49

27. Burton, D.M.  (1998) The Changing Role of the University Tutor within School-based Initial Teacher Education: issues or role contingency and complementarity within a secondary partnership scheme, Journal of Education for Teaching 24 (2) 129-146

28. Burton, D.M. (1997) The Myth of Expertness: an analysis of the cultural and pedagogical obstacles to the restructuring of East European curricula through TEMPUS projects, British Journal of In-Service Education 23 (2) 219-229

29. Burton, D.M.  & Anthony, S. (1997) Differentiation of Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Secondary Schools, Educating able Children 1 (1) 26-34

30. Burton, D.M.  (1995) Defining the Role of the University Mentor in Initial Teacher Education, Mentoring and Tutoring 3 (2) 50-55

31. Riding, R.J., Burton, D.M., Rees, G. & Sharratt, M. (1995) Cognitive Style and Personality in 12 year old children, British Journal of Educational Psychology 65 (1) 113-124

BOOKS (include ISBN numbers)

1. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2016) Introduction to Education Studies, 4th edn. London: Sage Publications.


2. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M.  (2012) Introduction to Education Studies, Sage, 3rd edition. Recognised as the leading Education Studies text with over 65% of total market share.

'Highly readable and comprehensive introduction to education studies.' - Robert Legg, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University


3. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M.  (2009) Education Studies Series, Sage, invited series editors, 4 texts published


4. Burton, D.M.  & Bartlett, S.J. (2009) Education Studies Series: Key issues for Education Researchers, Sage

‘Of the growing number of introductions and guides to research, there are few which have both the breadth and depth of this book; of the two books I would urge researchers to buy, this is one...'  Professor Peter Clough, Liverpool Hope University


5. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2007) Introduction to Education Studies, Sage (2nd edn)  12,000 copies sold

Escalate Book Review Extract 17/08/07 Brian Poole

I have no hesitation in saying that I would recommend this book for use by students. It covers the “contested” field of education with authority, expertly summarising contemporary theories and issues, while always encouraging the reader to see contradictions, alternative perspectives, and controversies. Overall, this book will surely serve as a starting point for many students who will go on to become reflective teachers or practising researchers.


6. Burton, D.M.  & Bartlett, S.J. (2005) Practitioner Research for Teachers, Sage/PCP

3000 copies sold

Review Extract Teachernet Website

‘Written for teachers involved in classroom-based research ... Is it (suitable)? Indeed it is! It is well suited to action research mentors and I find it fascinating ..... does not do justice to the richness of the content. I recommend reading this book and I hear from teacher researchers that they find it useful.


7. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (Eds) (2003) Education Studies: Essential Issues, Sage

International Journal of Educational Management

17/7(2003) 360 Book review Extract Samantha Wells

This book is especially to be welcomed .... The authors examine their topic insightfully making astute comments .... This book is essential reading for all those concerned about education, especially for those working within the education system.


8. Bartlett, S.J., Burton, D.M., & Peim, N. (2001) Introduction to Education Studies, Sage/ PCP 10,000 copies sold

TES Review Extract Michael Duffy 18/01/2002

This book explains clearly and crisply why education is important and why it will always be contested .... And very good it is, too. It explains, with a refreshing absence of jargon, why “theory” still matters. It could be useful for students of “education’ and as a handy work of reference for hard-pressed teachers.




1. Burton, D.M. (2016) ‘Ways Pupils Learn’ for S. Capel, M. Leask & T. Turner (Eds) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School, 7th edn. London: Routledge.


2. Bartlett, S. and Burton, D. M. (2016) ‘The influence of gender in the classroom: How boys and girls learn’ in Richards, G. & Armstrong, F. Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms, 2nd edn. London: Routledge.


3. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2016) 'The influence of gender on achievement' in G. Richards & F. Armstrong Key issues for teaching assistants:Working in diverse and inclusive classrooms, 2nd edn'. London: Routledge

4. Burton, D.M. (2013) ‘Way Pupils Learn’ in S. Capel, M. Leask and T. Turner (Eds), Learning to Teaching in the Secondary School (6th edition) Routledge

5. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2011) ‘The influence of gender in the classroom: how boys and girls learn’ inG. Richards & F. Armstrong (Eds) Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms, RoutledgeFalmer, 54-64

6. Burton, D.M. (2009) ‘Way Pupils Learn’ in S. Capel, M. Leask and T. Turner (Eds), Learning to Teaching in the Secondary School (5th edition) Routledge, 251-266

7. Burton, D.M., Younie, S. & Lee, K. (2009) Supporting Pupil Learning in S. Capel & M. Leask (Eds), Supporting Teaching in the Secondary School Routledge, 82-90

8. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2009) ‘Lifelong Learning’ in J. Sharp, S. Ward & L. Hankin (Eds) Education Studies: An Issues Based Approach, 2nd Edition, Learning Matters, 107-116

9. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2008) ‘The influence of gender on achievement’, inG. Richards & F. Armstrong (Eds) Education for Teaching Assistants, RoutledgeFalmer, 51-61

10. Burton, D.M. & Bartlett, S.J. (2006) ‘Shaping pedagogy from popular psychological ideas’ in D. Kassem, E. Mufti & J. Robinson (Eds) Education Studies: issues and critical perspectives, OU Press, 43-55

11. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M. (2006) ‘Lifelong Learning’ in J Sharp, S Ward, L Hankin (Eds) Education Studies: An Issues Based Approach, Learning Matters, 117-124

12. Burton, D.M.  (2005) ‘Way Pupils Learn’ inS. Capel, M. Leask & T. Turner (Eds), Learning to Teach in the Secondary School (4th edition) Routledge, 244-257

13. Burton, D.M. (2004) ‘Developing Teaching and Learning Strategies’ in S. Capel, R. Heilbronn, M. Leask & T. Turner (Eds), Starting To Teach In The Secondary School: a companion for the newly qualified teacher, 2nd edition, Routledge,  60 -70

14. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M.  (2003) ‘The Study of Education’ in S.J. Bartlett & D.M. Burton (Eds) Education Studies: Essential Issues, Sage, 1-13

15. Burton, D.M. (2003) ‘Differentiation of Schooling and Pedagogy’ in

 S.J. Bartlett & D.M. Burton (Eds) Education Studies: Essential Issues, Sage, 42-71

16. Bartlett, S.J. & Burton, D.M.  (2003) ‘The Management of Teachers as Professionals’ in S.J. Bartlett & D.M. Burton (Eds) Education Studies: Essential Issues, Sage, 121-141

17. Burton, D.M. & Bartlett, S.J. (2002) ‘Continuing Professional Development’ inB. Barnes, S. Sayers and J. Morley (Eds), Issues in Design and Technology, Routledge, 240-255

18. Burton, D.M. (2001) ‘Way Pupils Learn’ inS. Capel, M. Leask and T. Turner (Eds), Learning to Teach in the Secondary School (3rd edition) Routledge, 235-249

19. Burton, D.M. & Nicholls, G. (1999) ‘Ways Pupils Learn’ in S. Capel, M. Leask and T. Turner (Eds) Learning to Teach & in the Secondary School (2nd edition) Routledge, 231-249




1. Burton, D.M. (2009) The Role of Teacher Education in Helping Close the Achievement Gap: Reflections on Current Developments, Report of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers / Her Majesty’s Inspectorate  Symposium, Ramada Hotel, Belfast, 24 March

2. Burton, D.M. (2008) Inter and Cross-Cultural Factors in Teacher Education: Kirkby College: a case study, Proceedings of the Kirkby College Grand Reunion, INTAN Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29 November

3. Burton, D.M. & Moorcroft,R. (2002) ‘Developing Leadership from Within’, Proceedings of the 11thConference of the European Network for Improving Research and Development for Education Management, September 26-28, Kilkenny, Ireland

4. Burton, D.M. & Bartlett, S.J. (2001) The Implications of Performance Management for Teacher Professionalism, Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference of the National College of Leadership, Portoroz, Slovenia, 9 – 22

5. Burton, D.M. (1999) Wholist-Analytic Style and Pupil Attainment in Key Stage Three Core Subject Assessment, Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the European Learning Styles Information Network Conference, Preston, England, 99-123


BOOK REVIEWS                                                                     

1. Burton, D.M.  (2000) Review of Kozulin A Sociocultural Approach to Education, British Journal of Educational Studies 48 (3) 316 - 319

2. Burton, D.M.  (1997) Review of Sigston, Curran, Labram                                                 and Wolfendale (eds) Psychology in Practice, British Journal of Education Studies 45 (3) 307-309

3. Burton, D.M.  (1996) Review of Bancroft and Carr (Eds) Influencing Children’s Development, British Journal of Educational Studies 44 (4) 441-444



Previous professional experience

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Enhancement, Research and Regional Engagement), Liverpool John Moores University

Dean of Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure, Liverpool John Moores University

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Deputy Director, Institute of Education

Crewe College of Higher Education, Crewe, Cheshire Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

Further information

2015 -             Invited Member,  BERA’s Risk Assessment and Audit Committee

2011 - 2012     Director, Liverpool Science Park Board

2011 - 2012     HE Rep, Liverpool City Strategic Investment Framework Steering Group

2011 - 2012     Member, Royal Liverpool Hospital Bio-Innovation Campus Board

2011 - 2013     Invited Member, Learning and Skills Improvement Service Performance Review Panel, reporting to BIS

2010 - 2012     Member, Liverpool Knowledge Economy Group

2010 -              Ambassador, Everton FC Education Foundation

2009 - 2013     Elected Member, Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) National Governing Council

2009 - 2012     University rep, North West Universities Association Management Board

2008 - 2012     Member of Higher Education Academy, Leadership Foundation for HE and University Alliance PVC Strategy Networks

2008 - 2009     Member, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers / Training and Development Agency Advisory Group for national qualification, Masters in Teaching and Learning

2008 – 2009    Chair, Regional Deans of Education

2008 - 2009     Chair, North West Development Consortium, Masters in Teaching & Learning

2007 – 2011    Elected rep, Association of Colleges North West Regional Committee

2007 – 2011    Chair, Riverside FE College, Halton (Governor 2003-2012)

2005 - 2008     Chair, Liverpool Professional Practice Group, Liverpool City of Learning

2006 - 2008     University rep, North West Univs Association Widening Participation Group

2004 - 2008     Vice-Chair, North West Deans of Education