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 particular interest in educating for the professions and the philosophy of higher education. In her work, Gloria predominantly adopts a lifeworld approach in line with hermeneutic phenomenology, while also drawing on other research traditions. After completing a PhD in education at Monash University, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Gothenburg University in Sweden. She has previously held positions at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, as well as at Karolinska Institute and a secondment to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Research Interests

  • Education for the professions
  • Learning and teaching in higher education
  • Philosophy of higher education
  • Learning in workplace settings


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


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Featured Publications


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, Gloria (2009). A Deepening Crisis of Confidence in the Professions. In A Deepening Crisis of Confidence in the Professions (pp. 3-+) BERLIN: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-2608-8_1

  • 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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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision