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Telephone: 020 7911 5000 ext: 207Alan_Porter
Email: [email protected]

Research Interests

My main interest is in the genealogy of psychological theories. I am currently working on a textbook that will help undergraduate psychology students understand the historical/philosophical background of current theoretical and methodological disputes and controversies in the social/behavioural sciences. I am particularly interested in trying to understand where social psychology is positioned in these disputes and controversies.

I also have a long standing interest in the psychology of learning and teaching. I have conducted research in the areas of learning styles, student expectations and student approaches to studying.

Conference Papers/Publications

Cartwright, T, Endean, N, & Porter, A. (2009). Illness perceptions, coping and quality of life in alopecia sufferers.British Journal of Dermatology, 160 (5), 1034-1039

Snelgar, R., Cartwright, T., & Porter, A. (2011). Inducing students to use markers’ feedback: improvement in academic performance. 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, July

Hixenbaugh, P. & Porter, A. (2008). Factors Leading to Student Success in a UK First Year University Cohort, The International Conference on Educational Sciences, Cyprus, June

Reed. C., Pearson, C., Porter. A. (2007) The successful first year student: enhancing academic and social integration in a supportive learning environment. Poster presented at the 20th International Conference on The First-Year Experience, July 9-12, Hawaii.

Hixenbaugh, P. Pearson, C. Reed, C. Dewart, H. Porter, A. (2007) To what extent should we aim to change the student to fit the institution or the institution to fit the student? Round Table Discussion and Poster presented at the 20thInternational Conference on The First-Year Experience, July 9-12, Hawaii.

Porter, A., (2006) Invited talk Teaching statistics and research methods to heterogeneous groups: The Westminster experience. The 7th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, July 2006.

Porter, A., Snelgar, R. and Cartwright, T. (2006). Teaching Statistics and Research Methods to heterogeneous groups: The Westminster experience. Invited paper at the International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS), July 2 - 7.http://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/icots7/pages/talk.php?k=3D1

Wakelin, D., Smith, C., Porter, A., Colbourn, C., Dudiak, H., and Lever, R. (2006) Automated feedback of Learning Styles. Is it just a horoscope? Paper presented at 'PLAT 2006 Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, York, June 27- 29th

Smith,C., Whiteley, H., Colbourn,C., Dudiak,H., Lever,R., Wakelin,D., Porter, A. Wells, I., Cunliffe-Charlesworth, H., Hornby, P. and Harrington, K.,(2006) Learning styles and personal Development Planning: a comparison of the use of online learning style materials as part of PDP in eight universities. Paper presented at 'PLAT 2006 Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, York, June 27- 29th

Porter, A. (2005) The Reliability and Validity of Learning Style Measures in Higher Education Paper presented at the Developing learning and teaching: implementing student-centred resources for problem-based learning and learning styles conference, University of Central Lancashire 24th November.

Dewart, H., Hixenbaugh, P., Porter, A.(2005) Why do students choose Psychology? Investigating their expectations and providing support. Paper presented at European Congress of Psychology July 3-8, Granada Spain.

Pearson, C., Porter, A., Reed, C., Hixenbaugh, P. (2005) First year undergraduate assessment experience: A qualitative perspective. Paper presented at the Polytechnic of Hong Kong. The first International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment. 13th15th June.

Porter, A (2005) Towards an integrated approach to enhancing the experience of our students. Paper presented at the University of Westminster 4th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, 28 June.

Reed, C., Porter, A., Pearson, C., Hixenbaugh, P. (2005)Student preferences for assessment and approaches to studying. Paper presented at the Polytechnic of Hong Kong. The first International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment. 13th 15th June.

Snelgar, R., Porter, A., Cartwright, T. (2005) Statistics Anxiety Management. Paper presented at the Polytechnic of Hong Kong. The first International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment. 13-15th June.

Dewart, H., Hixenbaugh, P. and Porter, A. Students' expectations in studying Psychology. Paper to be presented at the International Congress of Psychology, August 2004.

Porter, A and Reed, C. (2004) An Investigation of the Effect of Thinking Style Preferences on Undergraduate Approaches to Learning Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education January 3-6, 2004, Honolulu, United States of America.

Reed, C and Porter, A (2004) An Investigation of the Writing Approaches and Spelling Skills of University Students Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on

Education January 3-6, 2004, Honolulu, United States of America.

Pearson, C and Porter, A (2004) An Investigation of Undergraduate Students' Transferable Skills: Initial Expectations and Perceived Outcomes Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education January 3-6, 2004, Honolulu, United States of America.

Reed, C. Pearson, C. Jobanputra, S. Hixenbaugh, P. Dewart, H. and Porter, A. (2003) An investigation of the relationship between undergraduate students' expectations of studying psychology and their learning and thinking styles. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Measurement and Evaluation in Education, August 27-30, 2003, Penang, Malaysia.

Porter, A. (2003) Academic quality and approaches to studying: An investigation of student transition. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Measurement and Evaluation in Education, August 27-30, 2003, Penang, Malaysia.

Porter, A. (2003). Enhancing academic and social integration using a virtual learning environment. 3rd International Conference on Technology in Teaching and Learning in Higher Educause Australasia Conference, Adelaide, May, 2003.

Porter, A. (2002) 'Reliability and construct validity of the Thinking Styles Inventory' The 7th Annual International Learning Styles Conference (ELSIN) Ghent University, Belgium. June 27-28, 2002. June 27-28, 2002.

Porter, A., Pearson, C. (2002). Expectations and orientation of psychology students International Conference on Psychology Education: Curriculum and Teaching, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 15-19 June, 2002.

Porter, A. (2002). An examination of the reliability and construct validity of the Thinking Styles Inventory. Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Learning Styles Conference. University of Ghent, Belgium, 2002.

Dewart, H., Hixenbaugh, P.,Reed, C. Pearson, C. Porter, A. Snelgar, R. (2002). An investigation of the relationship between undergraduate students'expectations of studying psychology and learning and thinking styles. PLAT 2002 Psychology Learning
and Teaching Conference, York, March 18-20.

Porter, .A.P., (1996). An investigation of the attribution of agency, intention and causality in planned and un-planned discourse. Paper presented at Piaget Centenary Conference - The

Growing Mind: Multidisciplinary Approaches, University of Geneva, September 14-18, 1996 

Discussant in symposium on the perception of agency. 7th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland, August 1995.