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.
David was the first university tutor in the Secondary Education team to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016).