Professor Boud has been involved in research and teaching development in adult, higher and professional education for over 30 years and has contributed extensively to the literature. 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. Prior to his appointment at UTS he was Professor and Foundation Director of the Professional Development Centre at the University of New South Wales.
He is a 2007 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Senior Fellow and in 2010 completed the project associated with this 'Student assessment for learning in and after courses’. See Assessment Futures.
- President, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (opens an external site) (HERDSA) 1988-91
- Member, National Strategic Review of Research in Education, Australian Research Council, 1990-92
- Ministerial appointee, NSW Board of Adult and Continuing Education (opens an external site), 1991-96
- Co-founder and Executive Member, Australian Consortium on Experiential Education, 1978-94
- Editor/Co-Editor, Studies in Continuing Education (opens an external site), 1986-present
Can supervise: YES
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.
Currently, 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.
Australian Research Council (opens an external site) (SPIRT) Grant (with Nicky Solomon):
“Uncovering Learning in the Workplace” 2001-2003
Australian Research Council (opens an external site) Discovery Grant (with Carl Rhodes, Nicky Solomon, Clive Chappell and Hermine Scheeres) “Beyond training and learning: Integrated development practices in organizations” 2006-2008
National Teaching Development Grants (with various others):
Improving the use of learning contracts, Effective peer teaching and learning, Reciprocal peer learning.
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.