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Professor David Gosling

Visiting Professor

Teaching and Learning (NC)


After five years teaching in FE and secondary education, I taught education and philosophy at Madeley College (1974 - 81), the University of Malawi (1981 -83), North Staffordshire Polytechnic (1984 - 89).  In 1990 I  became Principal Lecturer and Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at Staffordshire University. I was appointed Head of Educational Development Services at University of East London (1993 - 2002), and Co-Director of the Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund National Co-ordination Team (2002-03). Since 2004 I have been Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth and an independent higher education consultant undertaking research, evaluation, training and advisory services (since 2002).

As Head of Educational Development at UEL I was formally responsible for:  Research in Educational Development Network, Post Graduate Certificate and Masters in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Staff Development, Socrates Programme, University Disability Service, English Language Service, Careers Advisory Service, Accreditation of Prior Learning, Centre for Learning Technologies, Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching(QILT) and Educational Development.

I was Chair University Learning and Teaching Strategy task group, Chair Educational Developments Committee, Chair Assessment board for MA/MSc in Work-based Learning, Vice Chair Equal Opportunities Advisory Group, Chair Standing Group for Race and Ethnicity.

I took a lead role in two QAA audit visits, chaired many validation and review panels both within the university and with partner institutions including the Tavistock Clinic, led UEL's TQEF activity including the Learning and Teaching Strategy, was on the executive group for the year of Life Long Learning, pioneered Readerships in Education Development, and assisted many heads of department preparing for QAA Subject Review.


PhD, Education, University of Leeds. Thesis title: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Concept of the Education of the Emotions with special reference to Moral Education,

Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London,

MA, Philosophy, University of Sussex,

BA (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Sussex

Research interests

Higher education policy with particular reference to teaching and learning; scholarship of teaching and learning, peer review of teaching.
Currently engaged in a longitudinal study of the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Professor Andy Hannan.
Educational Development units in the UK. Original survey was conducted in 1995 and the second in 2000. Third survey undertaken in 2006. Inetrnational study is now being undertaken.

Books authored

D'Andrea, V.-M. and D. Gosling (2005). Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; a whole institution approach. London, McGraw Hill.

Gosling, D. (2005). Peer Observation of Teaching: SEDA Paper 118. Birmingham, Staff and Educational development Association.

Gosling, D. and J. Moon (2003). How to use Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria. London, SEEC.

Books edited

Gosling, D. and K. M. O'Connor, Eds. (2009). Beyond Peer Observation of Teaching Paper 124. London, Staff and Educational Development Association.

Brennan, L. and D. Gosling, Eds. (2004). Making Foundation Degrees Work. London, SEEC.

Gosling, D., Ed. (2003). Personal Development Planning. Birmingham, Staff and Educational development Association.

Gosling, D. and V. D'Andrea, Eds. (2003). International Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Proceedings 2001 and 2002. London, City University.

Book chapters

Chism, N., D. Gosling, and M.D. Sorcinelli (2010). International Faculty Development. A Guide to Faculty Development 2nd edition. K. Gillespie and D. R. Robertson. San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 243 - 258.

Gosling, D (2009) ‘New approaches to peer review’ Ch One of Beyond Peer Observation of Teaching. Gosling, D. and K. M. O'Connor, Eds. London, Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), 7 - 15.

Gosling, D. (2009). Supporting student learning. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing academic practice (3rd edi). H. Fry, S. Ketteridge and D. Marshall. London, Routledge, 113 - 131.

Gosling, D. and A. Hannan (2007). Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in England: recognising, celebrating and promoting excellence? International Perspectives on Teaching Excellence in Higher Education. A. Skelton. London, Routledge, 147 - 166.

Gosling, D. (2007). Context and organisation of educational development. Leading Educational Change. B. Tomkinson. London, Staff and Educational Development Association, 11- 20.

Gosling, D. (2007). Quality Assurance and Enhancement, The New Shape of University Education in England. M. Gokulsing. New York, Edwin Mellen Press, 105 -124.

Gosling, D. (2006). The Value of Pedagogical Enquiry for Improving Teaching. Exploring research-based Teaching: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 107. C. Kreber. San Fransisco, Jossey Bass, 99 - 108.

Gosling, D. (2003). Supporting Student Learning. A Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2nd ed). H. Fry, S. Ketteridge and S. Marshall. London, Kogan: 162- 181.

Gosling, D. (2003). Philosophical Approaches to Academic development. Scholarship of Academic Development. H. Eggins and R. Macdonald. Buckingham, SRHE & Open University Press, 70-79.

D'Andrea, V. and D. Gosling (2002). University Education. Education in the United Kingdom: Structures and Organisation. L. Gearon. London, David Fulton Publishers, 169 - 182.

Gosling, D. (1997). Educational Development and Institutional Change in Higher Education. Usable Knowledges as the Goal of University Education. K. Gokulsing and C. Da Costa. Lewiston, Queenstown, Lampeter, Edwin Mellen Press, 199-232.

Gosling, D. (1996). On Course Academic Guidance and Learning Development. Personal Tutoring and Academic Advice. London, Higher Education Quality Council.

Gosling, D. (1994). Communities of Obligation. Nations, Cultures and Markets. P. Gilbert and P. Gregory. Aldershot, Avebury, 117 - 128.

Gosling, D. (1993). Informal Learning Contracts for Skills Development in Seminars. Using Learning Contracts. J. Stephenson and M. Laycock. London, Kogan Page/Royal Society of the Arts, 57 - 66.

Gosling, D. (1991). Obligations of Affluent Nations to the Poor in the Situation of 'Radical Inequality'. Issues of Self-Determination. W. Twining. Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Press, 49 - 70.

Gosling, D. (1990). Rawls in the Nonideal World: an Evaluation of the Rawlsian Account of Civil Disobedience. Terrorism, Protest and Power. M. Warner and R. Crisp. Aldershot, Edward Elgar, 81 - 95.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Gosling, D. (2010a) Value commitments and ambivalence in educational development, in Pathways to the Profession of Educational Development, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Special Issue, eds J. McDonald, D. Stockley, Volume 2010, Issue 122 (Summer 2010) 91-102

Fraser, K. Gosling, D. Sorcinelli, M.D, (2010b) Conceptualizing evolving models of educational development,  Pathways to the Profession of Educational Development, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Special Issue, eds J. McDonald, D. Stockley, Volume 2010, Issue 122 (Summer 2010) 49-58

 Gosling, D. (2009). "Educational development in the UK: a complex and  contradictory reality." International Journal for Academic Development 14 (1) 5 -18.

Grant, B., A. Lee, et al. (2009). "Why history? Why now? Multiple accounts of the emergence of academic development." International Journal for Academic Development 14 (1) 83-86.

Gosling, D. and A. Hannan (2007). "Responses to a policy initiative: the case of Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning." Studies in Higher Education 32 (5) 633 - 646.

Gosling, D. (2004). "The Impact of a National Policy to enhance teaching quality and status, England, the United Kingdom." Quality Assurance in Education 12 (3) 136-149.

D'Andrea, V. and D. Gosling (2001). "Joining the Dots: reconceptualising educational development." Active Learning 2 (1) 65-81.

Gosling (2001). 'The Handbook of Adult Education' (with Miller et al)." Studies in the Education of Adults.

Gosling, D. and V. D'Andrea (2001). "Quality Development: a new concept for higher education." Quality in Higher Education 7 (1) 7-17.

Gosling, D. (2001). "What Educational Developments Unit Do - Five years on." International Journal for Academic Development 6 (1) 74-92.

Gosling (2001). "Lost Opportunity: what a credit framework would have added to the National Qualification Frameworks." Higher Education Quarterly 55 (3) 270-284.

Gosling, D. (2000). "Using Habermas to evaluate two approaches to negotiated assessment." Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 25 (3) 293-304.

Gosling, D. (1996). "What do UK Educational Development Units Do?" The International Journal for Academic Development 1 (1) 75-83.