Mr David Wells
Head of Initial Teacher Education
Teacher Education Research group, TeacherTraining
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.
I am a member of the Secondary Teacher Research Group, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL.
Current Research Interests:
I have currently been conducting some research into the capacity for schools (and their ICT teaching staff) to move away from an ICT curriculum offer and towards delivering a more computing based curriculum.
I am interested in researching current pupil interest, enjoyment and experience in their ICT study, and their perceptions of its appropriateness and challenge in their learning and progression.
I am also interested to conduct research with local and partner schools regarding their capability to deliver digital literacy successfully across their curriculum, thus allowing IT departments to concentrate on teaching information technology and computer science.
David Wells (2012) ‘Computing in Schools: Time to move beyond ICT?’ Research in Secondary Teacher Education, Vol 2(No.1), 8–13. Available at: www.uel.ac.uk/riste/issues/vol2/1/pp8-13/
David Wells (2014) ‘Embedding Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum – where are we at?’ Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4(No.2), 11–16. Available at: www.uel.ac.uk/rite/issues/volume4/no2october2014/articles/embeddinginformationandcommunicationtechnologyacrossthecurriculumwhereareweat/.
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.
Book Review of: Fautley M, Savage J. (2010) Achieving QTS: Meeting the Professional Standards Framework: Secondary Education Reflective Reader, Exeter, Learning Matters 2010
Wells, D. 2011. Management in Education, January 2011 (25). 42.
Book Review of: Fink D, (2010) The Succession Challenge - Building and Sustaining Leadership Capacity Through Succession Management, Sage Publications
Wells, D. 2011. Management in Education, July 2011 (25). 131-132.
Computing in Schools: Time to move beyond ICT?
Wells, D. 2012. Research in Secondary Teacher Education, Vol 2 (No.1). 8-13.
Wells, D. 2014. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4 (No.2). 3-4.
Embedding Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum – where are we at?
Wells, D. 2014. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4 (No.2). 11-16.
21st century creative pedagogy: its importance in teacher education
Wells, D. 2017. Info-Ted..
Game-Based Learning in Schools: Trainee Teacher Perceptions on Implementing Gamified approachesIn Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Games based Learning
Wells D. 2017.
Pre-service teachers as agents of change in the new Computing curriculum
Wells, D. 2017. Info-Ted.
Augmenting the learning experience in primary and secondary school education: a systematic review of recent trends in augmented reality game-based learning
Pellas N, Fotaris P, Kazanidis I, Wells D. 2018. Springer 23. 329 - 346.
SD Secondary Business Studies programme
Pre ITT Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme
UG Computer Science with Education degree
July 2013 - facilitating (in association with AppShed) mobile application development CPD for partner school colleagues.
February 2014 - Computer Science curriculum content CPD for school teacher colleagues and newly qualified teachers (in association with trainee teachers of computing from UEL).