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Dr Louise Gascoine

Assistant Professor

MA (hons), PGCert, PGCE, MEd, PhD, FHEA

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Assistant Professor in the School of EducationED127A+44 (0) 191 33 44231


I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Before I joined the School of Education full time in 2018 I was a Research Fellow in York Trials Unit at the University of York and a Research Associate in the School of Education at Durham working on projects that focussed on the evaluation of educational interventions and systematic reviewing. Prior to academic and research work I worked as a secondary school Geography teacher in a variety of settings in the North East, I completed my M.Ed part time whilst teaching and then went on to be awarded a Durham Doctoral Studentship for PhD study in the School of Education at Durham (completed 2016).

My research interests focus on metacognition, student views and experiences in education settings, mental health and wellbeing in education, and crossover within and between educational and psychotherapeutic theory and practice. In 2021 I became a member of the Centre for Neurodiversity and Development. I am also interested in systematic reviewing and different ways of synthesising different types of evidence. 

I am currently Principal Investigator on an EEF funded evaluation of ReflectED being jointly conducted by the University of York and Durham University. This research focusses on the evaluation of a metacognition focussed whole-school intervention for primary schools.

I teach core modules on the BA Education Studies programme and on the MA in Education, on the MA I convene a practitioner enquiry based module (Education Enquiry).

Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education

Research interests

  • Metacognition
  • Intersections between educational and psychotherapeutic theory and practice
  • Wellbeing
  • Implementation and process evaluation in educational interventions
  • Student views and experiences in education

Research Projects

  • A systematic review of the international literature on effective professional development interventions for groups of welfare professionals
  • Development and support of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, the EEF Database
  • Development of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit , the EEF Database and NPD Analysis and Data Archive 2018-2021
  • Evaluation of ABRA
  • Evaluation of ReflectED

Awarded Grants

  • 2017: ABRA Trial(£18135.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2017: Evaluation of 'ReflectED Metacognition'(£20971.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)

Esteem Indicators

  • 0000: External examining: I have recently examined a PhD thesis at Newcastle University
  • 0000: Member of editorial group: I am an Associate Editor for Campbell Education Co-ordinating Group (ECG)
  • 0000: Peer reviewing : Journals: Review of Education, British Educational Research Journal, Systematic Reviews, Impact (Chartered College of Teaching)

    EEF: Systematic Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessments

  • 0000: Professional memberships: British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • 0000: Scholarship: Durham Doctoral Studentship for PhD study in the School of Education, Durham University (2011 - 2014)


Book review

Chapter in book

  • Wall,K., Higgins,s., Hall,E. & Gascoine, L. (2018). What does learning look like? A mixed methods approach to the analysis of cartoon story boards to investigate student perceptions of learning something new. In Good Question: Arts-based Approaches to Collaborative Research with Children and Youth. Emme,M. & Kiova,A The Canadian Society for Education through Art. 211-228.

Conference Paper

Journal Article


Supervision students