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Dr David Matheson


Dr David Matheson
Contact Details
Dr David Matheson

Senior Lecturer

Carnegie School Of Education

0113 81 24704 D.Matheson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr David Matheson

David is a highly experienced teacher and researcher, bilingual in French and English and is adaptable and flexible. He is a dedicated lifelong learner, self-taught in many things, ever willing to learn from others and always ready to expand his knowledge and expertise.

David has an extensive and growing bibliography. He has taught and assessed at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for many years, and has designed, run and evaluated short CPD courses as well as Masters and undergraduate modules and courses. David has designed, implemented and evaluated many forms of assessment and is extremely flexible and is as at home teaching pedagogy to students on the Active Pedagogy masters module, part of the MA Advanced Diabetes Educators, as he is conducting a school visit to a BA QTS student with a class of 4 year-olds. David adapts his discourse to the circumstances and seem very successful (to judge from student evaluations of my teaching) in creating and sustaining an inclusive and welcoming ambience in which everyone is comfortable and feels valued, regardless of who they are, where they come from and any other meaningless distinctions.

Current Teaching

David is a highly experienced educator, noted for his student-centred approach and his great flexibility and capacity to adapt rapidly, to learn effectively and to lead others to do likewise, with wide-ranging skills deployed effectively within university, healthcare and other educational settings for over 36 years. Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of best practice in the best working environment for the best student experience. He succeeds in promoting inclusivity and debate and promotes academic rigour by means of appropriate assessment criteria, and by ensuring that all students in his care are assessed in the same fair, equitable, open and transparent manner with fully defensible grades, reflected by appropriate and comprehensive feedback comments on student assessments. The extremely positive teaching and module evaluations he receives indicate that my efforts are successful and are highly appreciated by the learners.

  • BA Education Studies:
    • Level 4 module - development of education policy in England
    • Level 6 lead
    • Level 6 MIS supervision
  • MA Leadership and management in education
    • Reflections on Leadership and Management
    • Perspectives on Leadership and Management
    • Researching and Enquiring
    • Culture and Change
    • Policy and Practice
  • MA Advanced Diabetes Educator
    • Active pedagogy

Research Interests

David has conducted research on scales ranging from small classes through entire cohorts to a major longitudinal study of perceptions of preparedness for practice of new medical graduates in the East Midlands of England.

He routinely research in an interdisciplinary context and have done so with teachers, early years practitioners, healthcare professionals (including doctors of all levels of seniority, nurses, operating department practitioners, and academics), and many others besides, including community education. David gladly studies and researches education in all its manifestations and encourages similar curiosity (and accompanying criticality) in all the students and other learners with whom he works.

David has been supervising research students over several decades, MPhil, PhD and EdD. He works to facilitate the successful gestation of the student’s thesis as they take it from the conceptual stage to the viva and beyond. His supervision has covered a very wide range of topics, from child minders and reflective practice to a pre-retirement society in Cardiff, passing by a diversity of topics in health (nurses, ODPs and doctors) and social care education.

Some of David's earlier work has been instrumental in provoking institutional and national reviews of undergraduate medical education (for example Matheson, C and Matheson, D (2009) How well prepared are medical students for their first year as doctors? The views of consultants and registrars, Postgraduate Medical Journal 85:582–589. Doi:10.1136/pgmj.2008.071639; Matheson et al (2010) The views of Foundation Year 1 doctors on the lasting impact of a preparation for house officer course they undertook as final year medical students, BMC Medical Education 2010, 10:48 doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-48; Matheson, C and Matheson, D (2010) Preparedness for practice of Foundation Trainees and impact of workplace based assessments in the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery, Report on major research project, prepared for East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery, pp193), while the 2011 study of the use of Wikipedia impacted on policy at the level of the two Trusts concerned, both of which mandated attendance at training on the use of online sources, including but not limited to Wikipedia.

The 2011 study was the result of a survey of doctors in two major acute care Trusts in the East Midlands. The target was 15% of the medical workforce and we achieved 18 %. Only 10/109 of respondents said they did not use Wikipedia but even they went on to say how in fact they used it. While there was little use of Wikipedia for information for patient management, there was widespread use for background material on conditions. Several respondents stated that using Wikipedia had made them much less trusting of more all sources of information. The impact of that study was the introduction in the two Trusts of mandatory courses on the use of online sources in patient management.

Developing from this work, David is presently looking on an international scale at the use of Wikipedia as an aid to clinical decision-making by doctors and other healthcare practitioners.

Other research interests include:

  • The education of patients in clinical trials
  • Preparedness for professional practice
  • Culture and identity
  • Community development and community social education
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