Mr Joseph Allison
Learning Development Team Leader
Learning Support & Wellbeing (Student Services)
Leading a small but effective Learning Development team can be both very rewarding and sometimes frustrating. Due to being a small team we have to be innovative and creative in collaborating with programmes, and meeting the needs of the students. The frustration creeps in when we are unable to extend our reach across the whole university, so that all students may benefit.
Our approach is always to get embedded within programmes as much as possible, so that we can get a greater understanding of the expectations being placed on students, and provide more developmental models for addressing academic skills.
As Learning Developers we do not have the answers, if indeed there is one, but we generally know what questions to ask so that students can recognise their own areas for development and ways forward.
University of Plymouth (2006) PGCE (PCET)
Currently undertaking a professional doctorate in education (EdD), looking at critical thinking across four different disciplines (Medicine, Education, Law and Criminology, and Environmental Science), and how any different understandings impact on the disciplinary knowledge practices and teaching-learning interactions. Drawing on a theoretical framework made up of Bernstein's pedagogic device, and Bourdieu's theories of field, capital and habitus.
The student experience
'Skills' for learning
Grants & contracts
2010 CEBE: innovative projects in teaching and learning. Implementing and evaluating the integration of critical thinking into Project Based Learning (PBL) in Environmental Building. £5,135, 1 December 2009 – 31 January 2011
Pan, W. & Allison, J. (2010) ‘Exploring project based and problem based learning in Environmental Building education by integrating critical thinking’. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 26(3), pp 547-553
Allison, J. & Pan, W. (2012) 'Implementing and evaluating the integration of critical thinking into problem-based learning'. JEBE, 6(2), in print.
Other academic activities
Pan, W. and Allison, J. (2011) ‘Evaluating a Process Model of Integrating Critical Thinking into Project Based Learning in Sustainable Building’. International conference on Engineering Education, August 21st – 26th, 2011. Belfast.
Allison, J. and Dawson, J. (2011) The complexities of defining critical thinking. The Learning Development in Higher Education Symposium. April 18th – 20th, 2011, Queens University, Belfast.
Dawson, J. and Allison, J. (2010) ‘ Critical thinking resource: embedding and evaluation’. Celebrating Partnerships: The Learning Development in Higher Education Symposium. 29-30 March 2010, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
Allison, J. and Gentle, C. (2010) ‘From Memorisation to Critical Analysis: the international learner’s journey through educational cultures’ [Poster]. Exhibited at, University of Plymouth VC’s Conference: internationalisation. 30 June 2010
Allison, J. and Gentle, C. (2010) ‘Email feedback on student writing: reading between the lines’ [Poster]. Exhibited at, 29-31 March 2010, The Learning Development in Higher Education Network Symposium