David Wells

Mr David Wells

Head of Department

Teacher Education

Department of Teacher Education , School of Education and Communities

David Wells is the Head of Initial Teacher Education at UEL.

Areas Of Interest

  • Gamification and the use of game dynamics to improve pupil motivation in non-digital secondary school classrooms
  • ICT/ Computing curriculum change
  • The impact of ICT and technology in enhancing learning
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David was awarded a BA Hons in Business Studies at the Polytechnic of Wales (now University of Glamorgan) in 1992, before undertaking a PGCE in Business Education at Sheffield Hallam University in September 1992. David has taught in secondary schools since achieving qualified teacher status in 1993. He has held a variety of roles and taught a variety of subjects. His main subjects have always been ICT and Business Studies. From 1997 - 2010 he led the ICT and Business Studies Faculty in a large secondary school in West Essex. David took up his post here in the School of Education and Communities in September 2010.

David is also Deputy Editor for the School of Education and Communities' "Research in Teacher Education" journal.


David is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education. The research area being explored is centred upon gamification and the use of game dynamics to improve pupil motivation in non-digital secondary school classrooms.

David's current research is exploring the impact of gamification pedagogies in English secondary schools. In particular, he is investigating how the dynamics of video games can be applied in a classroom where learning is not situated within a digital environment, in improving disaffected pupils' interest, engagement, challenge, motivation, learning and satisfaction.



BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Education and Qualified Teacher Status

Combine a thorough understanding of Computer Science with a carefully supervised programme of education theory and practice.

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PGCE Secondary Computing

Become a Qualified Teacher of ICT and help young people develop the skills they need to succeed in digital media, games design and visual effects.

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