Nick Hood (PhD student)

Thesis title: Circles around the grit: an enquiry into multi-modal pedagogy


I am a Lecturer in Secondary Education (Physics specialism) at the University of Edinburgh in the Moray House School of Education and Sport.

I have business, military and industry experience in technical, commercial and managerial roles within military operations, aviation, IT, simulation, training and education. Not only an educator, I also often write, publish, broadcast, design and host internet things. I am undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, looking at pedagogy in radio broadcasting.

A Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, I am a member of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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Research summary

This research project examines the pedagogy of multi-modal approaches to creating resources for learning. Modality in this sense represents a message and the medium through which a student accesses it, such as listening to a passage, examining an artefact or walking in a park. The project will examine the use of such modes in episodes of the BBC radio programme "Something Understood", try to discover its pedagogy, then try it out: perhaps through interventions in my own teaching and data from students in initial teacher education. The hypothesis is that the combination of modalities is an effective pedagogical approach for complex or nuanced subject matter.

Research activity

I am undertaking this project part-time, supported by a University of Edinburgh staff scholarship.