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    Disaffection with learning; Lesson Study; Student voice; Embedding English and maths in vocational subjects


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    David Allan is Reader in Education at Edge Hill University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal PRISM: Casting New Light on Learning, Theory and Practice. He has taught in higher education institutions both nationally and internationally and is the Edge Hill University (EHU) lead for two large Erasmus+ projects: CATALYST and ALLVET. These projects have facilitated strong global networking between EHU and a large variety of countries, such as Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Laos, Russia, Serbia, Spain, and Vietnam. The two bids for these projects brought in a total of £127,000 to EHU. As a result of these projects, David is currently initiating two international research studies that will explore student engagement and attitudes to inclusion and will look at collecting data from 24 separate institutions across ten countries.  

    David has published his research in international, peer-reviewed journals in education and the social sciences. Areas of research include pedagogical knowledge development, Lesson Study, student voice, vocational learning, student disengagement, alternative provision, and disaffection with learning.

    David has delivered training on pedagogical development in HE institutions in Germany, Romania, Ireland, Laos and Vietnam. He currently teaches on the BA (Hons) Education and MA Eucation and is the module leader for four modules within these programmes. The impact of his research can also be seen on other programmes, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, wherein the first module student teachers study is underpinned by David's research into Lesson Study and pedagogical knowledge development.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Other positions

    Lead External Examiner for Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Autism in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University

    1 Aug 202331 Dec 2027

    Local Authority Governor, St James' Catholic Primary School, Skelmersdale

    8 Nov 20227 Nov 2026

    External Examiner, Certificate in Education, Leeds City College

    1 Aug 202231 Jul 2026

    External Examiner, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) , Leeds City College

    1 Apr 202231 Mar 2026

    Editor-in-Chief and Chair, Prism: Casting New Light on Learning, Theory and Practice

    29 Jul 2019 → …


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