The STeP Journal

There are two repositories for Student Teacher Perspectives: copies of dissertations, showing innovative research and excellence of presentation; and the STeP journal.

The STeP (Student Teacher Perspectives) Journal is an online journal for student teachers. The journal is published by the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) and is designed to be a journal which will showcase excellent research and scholarly activity from student teachers everywhere. All papers are recommended by student teachers’ tutors and reviewed by TEAN before publication. Most important is that all papers show student teachers as reflective practitioners, with the ability to engage with theory to enhance their practice.

The ISSN for the STeP journal is: ISSN 2517-5009

Full details of how to submit to STeP are in the dropdown boxes below. Please read the guidelines with care before submitting.

View full guidelines for submission to STeP


TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network, publishes a selection of high quality student dissertations and an online journal for teacher educators.


The Student Teacher Perspectives Journal (STeP journal) is a TEAN initiative which seeks to establish an online publication, showcasing high quality research and scholarly activity undertaken by student teachers. The journal will be available open access online and papers are welcome from student teachers in the UK and worldwide. Any potential contributors must follow the guidelines with care, as papers will not be considered if they do not adhere to the necessary criteria.

Where can I showcase my work?

TEAN has two possible online repositories for your student paper; they are quite different in their requirements and both are valid in different ways.

The Student Teacher Perspectives folder

This repository for student work showcases excellent work on a variety of topics from student teachers across the sector. There are two possible types of work which can be submitted:

  1. High standard short articles 4000-5000 words preferred, based on research done by the student or other appropriate scholarly activity. These articles may be chosen for the journal. Please note that slightly longer articles are considered
  2. Copies of high standard dissertations based on research undertaken by the student.

The Student Teacher Perspectives (STeP) journal

It is expected that your paper will be based on some research project or assignment that you have undertaken as part of your course and adapted to the requirements of a journal.

Please note that it is also possible to send in a ‘thought piece’ provided that it is well researched and referenced.

General points

  • Papers for the journal can be sent to TEAN at any time.
  • It is important that you have the recommendation of your tutor as to the suitability and quality of the paper and that the paper is of a high standard.
  • Ideally papers should be 4000 - 5000 words, excluding references and abstract. However, please note that variations to this can be suggested and may be acceptable - contact if you are not sure whether what you have is suitable for the STeP journal. Often papers are formed from dissertations of considerable length - as long as the resultant article is not overlong, it will be considered.
  • Please provide a short abstract for your paper.
  • If your paper is either subject or country specific, please ensure that its message is made obviously transferable to other contexts.
  • Please number the pages of your manuscript.
  • Please note that TEAN follows the guidelines for referencing as explained in CITE THEM RIGHT, Ninth edition, published 2013.


Your tutor will be asked to endorse the paper so you need to send the name and email address of your tutor when you submit your paper or dissertation.

The paper will be reviewed by the journal editor.


If you decide to submit for the journal, please note the following:

  • Please provide an abstract of 100 – 150 words giving a brief overview of the content of the paper. This is not part of the word count.
  • References – nb NOT bibliography, only what you have used in the paper.
  • It is expected that your paper will be based on small scale research which you have undertaken as part of your course. However, please note that ‘thought’ pieces, which are not particularly based on a piece of research will also be considered, provided that they are supported by thorough referencing.
  • Appendices should not be added as a general rule unless something is vital and is referenced in the text.

Submission of papers

Papers should be sent as an email attachment Word file to Alison Jackson – Please use the surname of the first author and the name of the journal in the subject of the email, e.g. Jackson, STeP journal submission.

Please accompany your submission with an explanation of what it is and the name and email address of the tutor who recommended that you submit it. 

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, so if you do not receive one, contact TEAN.

What to do

  1. In your submission e-mail, send details of the name of your tutor, tutor’s e-mail and tutor’s affiliation.
  2. Your paper – make sure you have the title of your paper, your name and your institution.


The ISSN of the STeP journal is:  ISSN 2517-5009

LATEST ISSUE STeP Journal Vol 4, No 4 (2017)

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STeP Journal Vol 3, No 1 (2016)

STeP Journal Vol 2, No 4 (2015)

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Access student teacher perspective dissertations

Latest submissions - 2018


            Visual Art Education

            The learning of analogue time

            Physical Activity Breaks in the Classroom

           An App to aid transition


Archive of past submissions - 2014 - 2017 

Mairead Conwell – St Mary’s University College, Belfast – 2014 - Gender differences in physical activity in primary seven children

Brendan Hasson – St Mary’s University College, Belfast – 2014 - Creativity within the Design Folder

Ryan Lynch – St Mary’s University College, Belfast – 2014 - Links between a child's level of physical activity and their academic performance

Sam Curran – University of Cumbria – 2014 - How children learn Geometry

Paul Smart – St Mary’s University College, Belfast – 2014 - Relationship between the variables of physical fitness and academic achievement within a Primary School

Fionnuala Rodgers – St Mary’s University College, Belfast – 2014 - Breakfast consumption and physical fitness levels in children

Leah Robinson - Leeds Beckett University – 2015 - The use of stories in the primary classroom: The different methods of engagement and facilitation.

Tazreen Kassim-Lowe - Keele University - 2015 - An investigation into the extent to which Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory (1983) features in KS2 classroom practice, structure and climate

Seanpaul Gibson and Patrick Bradley St. Mary’s University College, Belfast - 2017 -  A study of Northern Ireland Key Stage 2 pupils’ perceptions of using the BBC Micro:bit in STEM education

All contributions for this folder should be sent to Alison Jackson.