Learning to Teach from Inquiry into Learning

King's Learning Institute, King's College London

The purpose of this project was to foster inquiry based approaches to teaching in a disciplinary context; the "students" in this case being teacher/researchers who are already working within faculty at King's College, but must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Development (PGCAP) as a condition of probation.

All of the academics undertaking the programme teach their own students according to other disciplinary curricula, and since part of the work entailed learning by about learning and teaching through research of student learning in its immediate curriculum context (i.e. in situ), the project also concerns the work of undergraduate students in History, Classics, Neuroscience and other subjects.

The specific Learning Objectives for the programme were as follows:

  • To develop a critical understanding of what is meant by learning in the context of higher education;
  • To evaluate psychological and sociological factors affecting students’ learning in higher education;
  • To develop a critical perspective on theories of student learning in higher education.


staff development; scholarship of teaching and learning; education; educational research; interdisciplinarity

Project details

Institution: King's College London
Department: King's Learning Institute
Project title: Learning to Teach from Inquiry into Learning
Dates of implementation: March 2009 to March 2010

Project Leader

David B Hay