Professor Boud has been involved in research and teaching development in adult, higher and professional education for over 40 years and has contributed extensively to the literature. He is one of the most highly cited scholars in the world in the field of higher education (h-index 90). Previously he held the positions of Dean of the University Graduate School, Head of the School of Adult and Language Education and Associate Dean (Research and Development) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is currently Emeritus Professor at UTS and Alfred Deakin Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning at Deakin University. He holds a fractional appointment at Middlesex University.
Most of Professor Boud's teaching has been in the postgraduate area. It has included:
Experience-based learning, Adult learning and program development, Researching educational practice, Analysing professional practice, Dissertation design and development. He has also supervised many research students.
Professor Boud is interested in how people learn and what can be done to foster their learning. This has taken him to a variety of settings in adult, higher and professional education and prompted an examination of many practices and processes. This has ranged from new forms of curriculum design (problem-based learning, negotiated learning and work-based learning) to learning practices (use of reflection, reciprocal peer learning) and assessment (self-assessment, sustainable assessment). A continuing theme of these explorations has been the role of the learner and how learning might be fostered. This has taken Professor Boud to developing models for learning from experience and the role of reflection in learning, and to examining the role of those who intervene in learning whether or not they are identified as teachers.
Professor Boud is interested in the challenges faced by formal education from new modes of knowledge production, learning in organizations, new practices in doctoral education and the role of assessment for long-term learning.
His main current research is on assessment for learning and reconceptualising feedback in higher and professional education.
Costley, Carol and Boud, David (2021) The development and impact of professional doctorates. In: The SAGE handbook of learning and work. Malloch, Margaret and Cairns, Len and Evans, Karen and O'Connor, Bridget N. , eds. Sage, London. ISBN 9781526491114 (Accepted/In press)
Boud, David and Costley, Carol and Marshall, Steve and Sutton, Brian (2021) Impacts of a professional practice doctorate: a collaborative enquiry. Higher Education Research and Development , 40 (3). pp. 431-445. ISSN 0729-4360
Joughin, Gordon and Boud, David and Dawson, Phillip and Tai, Joanna (2021) What can higher education learn from feedback seeking behaviour in organisations? Implications for feedback literacy. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education , 46 (1). pp. 80-91. ISSN 0260-2938
Yan, Zi and Brubacher, Sonja and Boud, David and Powell, Martine (2020) Psychometric properties of the self‐assessment practice scale for professional training contexts: evidence from confirmatory factor analysis and Rasch analysis. International Journal of Training and Development , 24 (4). pp. 357-373. ISSN 1468-2419
Winstone, Naomi E. and Boud, David (2020) The need to disentangle assessment and feedback in higher education. Studies in Higher Education . ISSN 0307-5079 (Published online first)
Australian Research Council (SPIRT) Grant "Uncovering Learning in the Workplace"
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant "Beyond training and learning: Integrated development practices in organizations"
Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. "Student assessment for learning in and after courses" www.assessmentfutures.com
Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Building local leadership for research education
Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching. "Improving assessment: understanding educational decision-making in practice" www.assessmentdecisions.org
Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching. "Work-based assessment of teamwork: an inter-professional approach'
Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching. "Feedback for learning: closing the assessment loop" feedbackforlearning.org
Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Research Grant Scheme. "Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment"
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. "Determining elements that underpin learning of child-witness interviewing"