Associate Professor Gloria Dall'Alba

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Gloria Dall'Alba is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland and Director of GD Higher Ed Consulting. Her research focuses on learning and teaching in higher education and the workplace, with a particular interest in educating for the professions and the philosophy of higher education. After completing a PhD at Monash University in Australia and Postdoctoral Fellowship at Gothenburg University in Sweden, she has held positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, as well as at Karolinska Institute and a secondment to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She has published widely on a range of issues relating to higher education, workplace learning and research inquiry. A strong strand of her research is interdisciplinary. She has collaborated with researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and the USA from the fields of higher education, pharmacy, business, dentistry, engineering, forensic science, medicine, nursing, philosophy and physics.

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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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Book Chapter

  • Dall’Alba, Gloria (2018). Evaluative judgement for learning to be in a digital world. In David Boud, Rola Ajjawi, Phillip Dawson and Joanna Tai (Ed.), Developing evaluative judgement in higher education: assessment for knowing and producing quality work (pp. 18-27) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315109251-3

  • Dall’Alba, Gloria (2018). Reframing expertise and its development: a lifeworld perspective. In K. Anders Ericsson, Robert R. Hoffman, Aaron Kozbelt and A. Mark Williams (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of expertise and expert performance 2nd ed. (pp. 33-39) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316480748.003

  • 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. doi:10.1002/9781444322828.ch5

  • 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

Note for students: Associate Professor Gloria Dall'Alba is not currently available to take on new students.

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