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Scott Buckler, PhD



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Scott has an extensive career in mainstream education and has worked at several universities since 2002, teaching education studies, psychology, and research methods. He has an MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology (LJMU) and a MEd in Child Development from the (Open University). He is also a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and Chartered Teacher (Chartered College of Teaching).

Scott’s interdisciplinary PhD (Coventry University) was awarded in psychology and anthropology, exploring the transpersonal effects of training in the martial arts. He has trained in martial arts since 1981, specifically Wing Chun where he is a third generation Ip Man student and instructor. From this, he has developed the ‘Mindful Movement Practice’, a martial arts-inspired movement programme as a way of enhancing student self-esteem in schools.

Currently, Scott works in mainstream education and is an adjunct faculty member of the Alef Trust, while also working on education masters courses.

Research interests

Scott’s transpersonal research areas primarily consist of integrating transpersonal psychology within the compulsory school sector through developing the area of transpersonal education; furthering research into Maslow’s concept of self-transformation through the plateau experience; exploring various Daoist practises; and research into the effects of martial arts training. In addition, Scott has a background in Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Western mystical/spiritual traditions.

Key publications

Buckler, S. & Moore, H. (in press). Transpersonal education: A glimmer of light to compulsory education? International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 49(2).

Buckler, S. & Moore, H. (2023). Essentials of research methods in education. Sage Publications, Ltd.

Buckler, S. & Moore, H. (2023). The proactive pastoral paradox of martial arts in an all-through school: quiet conversations, tea serving and Kung Fu. In D. Trotman, P. Jones, P., N. Purdy. & Tucker, S. (Eds.), Pastoral care in education: New directions for new times (pp.287-318). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Castle, P. & Buckler, S. (2021). Psychology for teachers (3rd ed.). Sage Publications, Ltd.

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