Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Prof. Phil Hodkinson

Emeritus Professor

Professor of Lifelong Learning, research, doctoral supervision, masters degree teaching.

Research Interests

Research interests include transitions from education to work; career decision making and guidance; vocational education and training; cultural ways of understanding learning; qualitative/interpretative research methodologies.

Current and recent research projects:

  • Transforming Learning Cultures in FE
  • Career progression and employability of fulltime UK Masters degree students
  • Ongoing: Learning Lives, with Heather Hodkinson

Key Publications


  • Evans K, Hodkinson P, Rainbird H, Unwin L, Improving Workplace Learning (London: Routledge, 2006)

  • Colley H, Hodkinson PM, Malcolm J, Informality and Formality in Learning: a report for the Learning and Skills Research Centre (Learning and Skills Research Centre, 2003), 88p

Journal Articles

  • Hodkinson P, ‘Scientific Research, Educational Policy and Educational Practice in the United Kingdom: the impact of the audit culture on further education’, Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 8.3 (2008), 303-324

  • Hodkinson P, Biesta G, James D, ‘Understanding Learning Culturally: Overcoming the Dualism Between Social and Individual Views of Learning’, Vocations and Learning, 1 (2008), 27-47

  • Hodkinson P, Ford G, Hodkinson H, Hawthorn R, ‘Retirement as a learning process’, Educational Gerontology, 34 (2008), 167-184


  • Hodkinson PM, Bowman HA, Colley H, ‘Conceptualising transitions from education to employment as career development and/or learning’, in Constructing the Future: transforming career guidance, ed. by Reid H and Bimrose J (Institute of Career Guidance, 2006), 35-48

  • Hodkinson PM, Colley H, ‘Formality and Informality in College-based Learning’, in International Yearbook of Adult Education 31/32, 2005: Informal learning, self-education and social praxis, ed. by Kuenzel K (Koeln: Boehlau Verlag, 2005)

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