Dr David Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education: Secondary Mathematics Specialism

David Cooper
Email address: D.Cooper@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322881 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Mathematics Teacher Education for Secondary Schools Advanced Video self-analysis of teaching performance, Authentic Teacher Performance Assessment

About

Dr David Cooper has worked for over twenty nine years in secondary education as a Teacher, Deputy Head of a mathematics department, Head of a mathematics department, Senior Teacher, Assistant Headteacher, Vice Principal and Headteacher of a Community Technology College. David has conducted a number of pieces of research about the teaching and learning of mathematics in secondary education. As a Teacher Practitioner-Researcher David worked with colleagues from the University of Nottingham’s Shell Centre for Mathematics in the School of Education on an innovative project about the use of interactive video in secondary mathematics education.

David has also conducted research about leadership and management in secondary education – with particular reference to the role of the secondary Deputy Headteacher. David’s PhD in Education entitled ‘Sharing leadership and improving the management of schools: The role of the Secondary Deputy Headteacher’ was awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2000. Between March 2008 and April 2009 David worked at the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow in the School of Education’s Teacher and Leadership Research Centre. David has contributed to research for the National College for School Leadership (NCSL), the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Training and Development Agency (TDA) and for the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

David’s research activity in 2009-2011 focused on pre-Initial Teacher Education Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses, with particular reference to Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement. In 2012 David began researching how the use of high-definition video recordings of teachers' lessons can be used developmentally to help them develop and improve their teaching performance. David has also begun some preliminary research into how lesson study can be combined most effectively with videos of teachers' lessons to develop and improve teachers' reflective practice. In 2012 David created the innovative Lesson Observation On-line [Evidence Portfolio] Platform [LOOP] concept. Between 2012 and 2014 this LOOP initiative has been successfully feasibility tested in schools in secondary schools in the West Midlands. In 2014 the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Seed funded The lesson observation on-line platform (LOOP): enhancing the professional experience of initial teacher education project. This research and development project was conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Shane N. Phillipson and Dr Sivanes Phillipson of the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Since the beginning of January 2017 David has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Mathematics Teacher Education for Secondary Schools
  • Advanced Video self-analysis of teaching performance
  • Authentic Teacher Performance Assessment
  • The Lesson Observation On-line [Evidence Portfolio] Platform
  • VideoAnt [Video Annotation] for advanced reflective practice
  • Microteaching linked to Authentic Teacher Performance Assessment [ATPA] and the effective management of pupils' behaviours in lessons
  • The development of a new Institute of Teacher and Mentor-Teacher Accreditation for Qualified Teacher Status [QTS]

Qualifications

  • NPQH - NCSL and DfES
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Eduation (QTS)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH)
  • NPQH - NCSL and DfES
  • PhD in Education (Leadership and Management), University of Birmingham
  • M.A. (Education), Open University
  • P.G.C.E in Secondary Education: Mathematics with English, ICT, SEN and PE subsidiaries.
  • B.Sc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bath.                                    

Publications

Journals (include web links if applicable)

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

Practitioner Publications and Reports

  • Cooper, D., Phillipson, S.N. and Phillipson, S. (2015a) Using the Lesson Observation On-line [Evidence Portfolio] Platform [LOOP] to enhance the professional experience of initial teacher education. Submitted to Pedagogy and Practice, April 2015, [Accepted for publication June 2015].
  • Cooper, D., Phillipson, S.N. and Phillipson, S. (2015) Seeing the same teaching and learning similarly or differently?  Video-enhanced preservice teacher learning, professional vision, teacher evaluation and the Lesson Observation Online (Evidence Portfolio) Platform [LOOP]. Submitted to the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, March 2015.
  • Phillipson, S.N., Cooper, D. and Phillipson, S. (2015) Flip, Feedback and Fly: Using the LOOP to Enhance the Professional Experience of Initial Teacher Education. Submitted to the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, March 2015.
  • Cooper, D. (2015) The Lesson Observation On-Line (Evidence Portfolio) Platform.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(1), pp.83-93.
  • Cooper D (2013) 'Professional Development, Reflective Practice and Lesson Study'. Mathematics in School, 42(2) pp. 2-9.
  • Cooper, D. (2000) Sharing leadership and improving the management of schools: The role of the Secondary Deputy Headteacher. Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Education Leadership and Management), University of Birmingham – supervised by Professor Hywel Thomas, Head of the School of Education.
  • Exploring the Impact of Involvement in NCSL Activities on Primary and Secondary Schools’ Improvement in England Project, University of Nottingham: Gu, Q., Sammons, P. and Cooper, D. (2008) Exploring the Impact of Involvement in NCSL Activities on Primary and Secondary Schools’ Improvement in England, University of Nottingham Research Contract Report for the National College for School Leadership.
  • Becoming a Teacher Project, University of Nottingham: Hobson, A.J., Malderez, A., Tracey, L., Homer, M.S., Ashby, P., Mitchell, N., Mcintyre, J., Cooper, D., Roper, T., Chambers, G.N. & Tomlinson, P.D. (2009) Becoming a Teacher: Teachers’ experiences of initial teacher training, Induction and early professional development (Final Report). Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Becoming a Teacher Project, University of Nottingham: Homer, M., Cooper, D., Hobson, A.J., Tracey, L., Pell, G. and Malderez, A. (2009) Teachers’ Experiences of their Fourth Year in Post: Technical Report on Phase VI of the Becoming a Teacher Survey. Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Becoming a Teacher Project, University of Nottingham: Homer, M., Hobson, A.J., Tracey, L., Cooper, D., Malderez, A. and Pell, G. (2009) Teachers’ Experiences of their Third Year in Post: Technical Report on Phase V of the Becoming a Teacher Survey. Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Gu, Q., Sammons, P. and Cooper, D. (2008) Exploring the Impact of Involvement in NCSL Activities on Primary and Secondary Schools’ Improvement in England, University of Nottingham Research Contract Report for the National College for School Leadership.
  • Hobson, A.J., Malderez, A., Tracey, L., Homer, M.S., Ashby, P., Mitchell, N., Mcintyre, J., Cooper, D., Roper, T., Chambers, G.N. & Tomlinson, P.D. (2009) Becoming a Teacher: Teachers’ experiences of initial teacher training, Induction and early professional development (Final Report). Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Homer, M., Cooper, D., Hobson, A.J., Tracey, L., Pell, G. and Malderez, A. (2009) Teachers’ Experiences of their Fourth Year in Post: Technical Report on Phase VI of the Becoming a Teacher Survey. Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Homer, M., Hobson, A.J., Tracey, L., Cooper, D., Malderez, A. and Pell, G. (2009) Teachers’ Experiences of their Third Year in Post: Technical Report on Phase V of the Becoming a Teacher Survey. Nottingham: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
  • Cooper, D. (1998) A role with a view? The changing role of the deputy headteacher and vice principal in contemporary self-managing secondary schools and colleges, Management in Education, Vol. 12, No.4, pp. 11-14.
  • Cooper, D. (2000) Sharing leadership and improving the management of schools: The role of the Secondary Deputy Headteacher. Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Education Leadership and Management), University of Birmingham.
  • Cooper, D. (1998) New Public Management, Welfare Markets and Local Mixed Economies for Secondary Education in England and Wales. Paper Presented at the Postgraduate Research Student Network Conference on Researching Education Policy, University of Oxford.

Conference Presentations

  • Gave the Keynote presentation to 200+ audience at the ‘Maths Futures Launch Event’ - Cooper, D. (2009) Fun and interesting: a passion for some mathematics of motion. Keynote presentation to the ‘Maths Futures Launch Event’, The Black Country Challenge and University of Wolverhampton Creating Futures Programme.
  • Evolution or Extinction?: the potential for HD digital video recording of teachers’ lessons to develop and improve teachers’ teaching performances and reflective practice(s) David Cooper and Dewi Lloyd (IRIS Connect) 15th Annual Research Conference 2013 Research in dialogue, June 2013.
  • David was an invited speaker at the 1st CIDREE Conference on Professional vision in teacher video-enhanced education: Aims, means and issues at the French Institute of Education, ENS Lyon, France 16th-18th March 2015.

Previous professional experience

  • Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham School of Education – researching on the NCSL ‘Exploring the Impact of Involvement in NCSL Activities on Primary and Secondary Schools’ Improvement in England’ Project and on the DCSF, TDA and GTC(E) ‘Becoming a Teacher’ Project.
  • Teacher of mathematics – Weston Road High School
  • Teacher of mathematics – Rising Brook Sports College.
  • SEN Professional Tutor – Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) Special Needs Service, Staffordshire LEA, Lichfield Offices.
  • Headteacher – Brownhills Community Technology College.
  • Vice Principal – St. Peter’s Collegiate School
  • Assistant Headteacher (previously Senior Teacher and Head of the Mathematics Department) – Dartmouth High School
  • Deputy Head of the Mathematics department – Cannock Chase High School.
  • Teacher of mathematics and Mathematics Department Responsibility postholder – De Ferrers High School

Further information

Formerly parent governor of Chase Terrace Technology College - elected for three four -year terms between 2001 - 2014.

I have mentored beginning teacher education researchers for a number of years.  I have working on the Mathematic's Secondary Team teaching programmes and have pioneered a number of innovative practices, particularly those relating to microteaching, video-recording teachers' teaching practices and the use of Assessment for Learning in mathematics education.  In my submissions to the Carter Review of ITT I have also recommended various ITT curriculum developments, based on research associated with the:

  • use of video-recording of teachers' lessons for the development and improvement of their teaching practices/skills.
  • use of Lesson Study to replace the SSP2 module to focus more on pupils' learning and collaborative lesson planning and continuing improvement.
  • use of electronic portfolio of trainees' evidence for QTS, with particular reference to meeting the DfE (2012) Teachers' Standards.