Dave Cunningham

Position: Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Subject area: Becoming a Teacher

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I teach on the Initial Teacher Education programmes helping to prepare the next generation of primary school teachers.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a number of modules across the ITE programmes. I also visit student teachers on placement in partnership schools.

Research interests

I find most aspects of learning and teaching interesting, although I have become particularly interested in all forms of assessment. I am a strong advocate of authenticity in learning and have been developing versions of problem-based learning and professionally relevant assessments with my colleagues in teacher education.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BSc Geography
  • PGCE Primary Education
  • MA Education

Experience in industry

Before joining the University of Derby I worked as a Local Authority consultant having spent may years as a primary school teacher.

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