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Dr David Foster

Senior Lecturer in Education

I have a wide range of experience teaching a variety of subjects and disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate level across various higher education providers.


I have over 26 years’ experience of working within education: 7 in primary schools and over 19 in higher education.

Within primary schools, I worked for 3 as a classroom teacher, and 4 as a mathematics coordinator and member of the senior management team within a two-form primary school.

I also had the additional responsibility of being a mentor and lead mentor for a variety of ITE students (both undergraduate and postgraduate), and a range of teaching and integration assistant students.

I have held lecturer and senior lecturer posts at Newman University College, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and University of Gloucestershire.

I have also held senior education developer and programme/course leader roles at BCU (APA, PGCertHE and PGCertHE Online), UoB (School Direct Early Years, Primary and SEND) and UoG (PGCert Research Methods and MRes).

I have also been an external examiner at two other higher education institutions (Swansea Metropolitan University and Sunderland University) covering several primary subjects, education/professional studies and school experience modules across undergraduate and postgraduate ITE programmes.

I am currently an external examiner and moderator at Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC).


  • PhD – Postgraduate Research in Library and Information Management (Social Media, Popularity, Human Behaviour, Decision Making, Computing and Information Science), University of Wolverhampton, 2020
  • MSc Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Dist), University of Wolverhampton, 2012
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, HEA, 2008
  • PGCertHE Teaching and Learning in HE, University of Central England (now BCU), 2007
  • MEd Education (Dist) Newman University College (validated by Leicester University), 2007
  • BEd (Hons) Mathematics with Education (QTS), University of Birmingham, 1998.


Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow


Qualified Teachers Status (QTS)

Teaching & Research


  • Mathematics education, theory, pedagogy, and mastery
  • Interdisciplinary mathematics
  • Problem-solving, reasoning and ‘real’ mathematics
  • Mathematics (EY, Primary, Secondary and Undergraduate level)
  • Decision making behaviours, behavioural economics and bias
  • Teaching and learning theory, pedagogy and practice
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Technology-based education, pedagogy, teaching, and learning
  • Education studies
  • Creative approaches to teaching and learning
  • Identity and educational practice
  • Philosophies and ideologies of education
  • Ethics for educators
  • Transformational education
  • Educational leadership and management
  • Managing and leading change and ethical change in education
  • Cross-curricular, thematic and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Developing questionnaires
  • Research bias and sampling
  • Design and technology, art, and science education (primary).


Research areas I have a particular interest in are:

  • Popularity, decision making behaviours and bias
  • Behavioural economics
  • Supporting mathematical development
  • Interdisciplinary mathematics teaching and learning
  • YouTube
  • Identity
  • Models of change management
  • Use of technology-based approaches to teaching and learning
  • Visual depictions and representations of research findings.