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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Louise Gascoine, MA (honours), PGCert, PGCE, MEd, PhD

Assistant Professor in the School of Education

Contact Dr Louise Gascoine

Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education


Louise has a mixed method research background and her interests focus on metacognition, pupil views of learning and wellbeing in education. She is also interested in systematic reviewing and the evaluation of educational interventions, in particular the process and implementation of interventions and the importance of participant voice within this. Louise is currently Principal Investigator on an EEF funded evaluation of ReflectED being jointly conducted by the University of York and Durham University. Louise teaches on the BA Education Studies and on the MA in Education, on the MA she convenes a practitioner enquiry based module (Education Enquiry). 

Louise is a Geographer originally, completing her undergraduate studies at the University of St Andrews. After working as a Teaching Assistant and completing a Certificate in Psychology, she trained to teach secondary Geography at Newcastle University (QTS, 2008). She completed her M.Ed in Practitioner Enquiry (part-time), whilst teaching in a wide variety of school settings in North East England. Louise was awarded a Durham Doctoral Studentship for PhD study in the School of Education (completed 2016), her PhD focussed on developmental trends in metacognitive awareness using Pupil Views Templates (PVTs) and included a systematic review of methods used to measure or assess metacognition.

Research Groups

Research Projects

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

Research Interests

  • Implementation and process evaluation in educational interventions
  • Metacognition
  • Voice in learning


Book review

  • Mitchell, C. (2012). Doing Visual Research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 35: 326-328.

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Journal Article


Selected Grants

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