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I am the director of the Consortium and HUDCETT. I joined the University in January 2009 and took up my current position in September 2014. Alongside my Consortium work, I lead the activities of HUDCETT and this involves me working with a range of providers nationally. For instance, I am currently a member of the Education and Training Foundation’s Initial Teacher Education Working Party. I began my teaching career by teaching as a part-time lecturer of travel and tourism at Stafford College in 1986, progressed into full-time lecturing work and then middle management and in 2001 became a Head of Faculty. I subsequently moved into staff development, then teacher education in 2005.

I completed a BA (Hons) Leisure, Recreation and the Environment degree at Leeds Polytechnic and then a M.Soc.Sci in Tourism and Leisure Services at the University of Birmingham in 1989. I went to study for a Certificate in Education (FE In-Service) at Huddersfield Polytechnic. I was awarded an EdD for a thesis entitled “It’s not as straightforward as it sounds”: an action research study of a team of further education-based teacher educators and their use of modelling during a period of de-regulation and austerity.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Research about FE-based teacher educators 
  • Trainee teachers and FE-based teacher education

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Research Output 2015 2018

Practical Teaching

Dixon, E., Harvey, J., Kidder, J., Philip, D., Powell, D., Ryan, A., Thompson, R. & Timmins, S., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice . Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 3rd ed. Open University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Collaborative Inquiry by Teacher Educators: Mess and Messiness

Powell, D., 10 Jul 2017, Teachers and Teacher Educators Learning Through Inquiry: International Perspectives. Boyd, P. & Szplit, A. (eds.). Kraków: Wydawnictwo Attyka, p. 239-262 24 p.

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Open Access

Practical teaching

Dixon, E., Harvey, J., Powell, D., Thompson, R. & Williamson, S., 2015, Teaching in lifelong learning: A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 2nd ed. Open University Press, p. 127-154 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2016

  • 5 Oral presentation

Introduction to the Viewing Frame: A Way of Seeing Into Teacher Educators' Teaching

David Powell (Speaker)
22 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Place of Modelling Within the Pedagogy of Teacher Educators

David Powell (Speaker), Pete Boyd (Speaker), Corinne van Velzen (Speaker), Anja Swennen (Speaker)
25 Aug 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation