Associate Professor Gloria Dall'Alba

Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56658


Teaching and learning in higher education

Gloria Dall'Alba's research and teaching focus on learning and teaching in higher education and the workplace, with a particular interest in educating for the professions. In her work, Gloria predominantly adopts a lifeworld approach in line with hermeneutic phenomenology, while also drawing on other research traditions. She has held positions in three Australian and three Swedish universities.

Research Interests

  • Learning and teaching in higher education
  • Learning in workplace settings
  • Professional education
  • Qualitative research methodology


  • Bachelor of Education (Hons), James Cook University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria (2016). Phenomenology of higher education. In Michael A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory (pp. 1-5) Singapore, Singapore: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_95-1

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria and Sandberg, Jörgen (2014). A phenomenological perspective on researching work and learning. In Stephen Billett, Christian Harteis and Hans Gruber (Ed.), International handbook of research in professional and practice-based learning (pp. 279-304) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-8902-8_11

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria (2012). Re-imagining the university: developing a capacity to care. In Ronald Barnett (Ed.), The future university: ideas and possibilities (pp. 112-122) New York, USA: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203810446

  • Vu, Thuy T. and Dall'Alba, Gloria (2011). Becoming authentic professionals: Learning for authenticity. In Lesley Scanlon (Ed.), "Becoming" a professional: An interdisciplinary analysis of professional learning (pp. 95-108) Dordrech, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1378-9

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria and Sandberg, Jorgen (2010). Learning through and about practice: A lifeworld perspective. In Stephen Billett (Ed.), Learning through practice: Models, traditions, orientations and approaches (pp. 104-119) Dordrecht: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3939-2_6

  • Dall'Alba, G. (2009). Introduction to diverse approaches to phenomenology and education. In G. Dall'Alba. (Ed.), Exploring Education Through Phenomenology: Diverse Approaches (pp. 1-3) Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781444322828.ch1

  • Dall'Alba, G. (2009). Learning professional ways of being: Ambiguities of becoming. In G. Dall'Alba (Ed.), Exploring Education Through Phenomenology: Diverse Approaches (pp. 41-52) Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Sandberg, J. and Dall'Alba, G. (2006). Re-framing competence development at work. In G. Castleton, R. Gerber and H. Pillay (Ed.), Improving workplace learning: Emerging international perspectives (pp. 107-121) New York: Nova Science.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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