Gareth Dart


Senior Lecturer in Education

Centre for Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542149

Gareth joined the University of Worcester in 2007. He was course leader for the Education Studies degree for 5 years, during which time the course doubled in size. He continues to act as the year one lead as well teaching on various modules of the degree and on Masters courses. He has specific interests in teacher education and special and inclusive education in the contexts of resource poor countries, particularly in southern Africa.

Gareth started his professional career in supported housing for young people with a range of needs in the UK and the USA and quickly became interested in the ways that the service users learned various skills as well as the reasons as to why many had had very poor educational opportunities.

He moved into the Further Education sector, firstly in a residential college run by MENCAP and then as an access course leader in a large mainstream college. From there he spent a number of years involved in developing and running teacher education courses in in Botswana focussing on special and inclusive education. He continues to be involved in education projects in southern Africa such as Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), and the experiences of learners with albinism in the region.


  • PGCE 
  • MEd  
  • BSc (Hons) 

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Comparative education
The Global Dimension in education
Citizenship and education
Researching education
Special and inclusive education.

Research Interests

Teacher education in developing contexts.
Special and inclusive education in developing contexts.

Professional Bodies

National Association of Special Educational Needs - NASEN

The British Educational Research Association BERA

The Society for Educational Studies SES

Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa TESSA

Botswana Education Research Association BERA


Dart, G. (2005) Feedback from student teachers at Molepolole College of Education on issues related to HIV / AIDS education at CJJS’s and Molepolole College of Education, including the use of the Talkback programme. UNESCO Online, available at,

Dart, G. (2006) ‘An evaluation of the Special Needs Education programme at Molepolole College of Education.’ The British Journal of Special Education, 33 (3).  130 – 138.

Dart, G. (2007) Inclusive education in Botswana. In Englebrecht, P. & Oswald, M. (Eds), Challenges to the implementation of inclusive education in Southern Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Dart, G. (2007) ‘Special Needs Education in Botswana: A situational analysis.’ The International Journal of Special Education. 18 (2) 56 – 66.

Dart, G. (2008) Curriculum  access challenges facing pupils and staff at Botswana Community Junior Secondary Schools. International Curriculum Conference Gaborone. Gaborone. DCDE / MoE.

Dart, G., Nthobatsang, T., Korwa, L. & Chizwe, O. (2010) ‘The experiences of albino children at Botswana junior secondary schools; a double case study’. The British Journal of Special Education. 37 (2)

Yousuf, M.I., Sarwar, M., Dart, G. & Naseer-ud-Din, M. (2010) ‘Peace Perceptions Of Prospective Teachers For Promoting Peace Activities For School Settings In Pakistan’. Journal of College Teaching and Learning. 7 (3) 53 – 57.

Bracken, S., Dart, G., & S. Pickering (2011) Evolution or revolution? An analysis of the changing faces of development education in the United Kingdom, in Development Education Review Issue 12.

Dart, G. (2012) Challenges facing pupils and staff at Botswana Community Junior Secondary Schools – the student teachers’ perspective. In, Mutua, K. &. Sunal, C. v. (Eds) Advances in Research and Praxis in Special Education in Africa, Caribbean and the Middle East. Alabama; InfoAge Publishing

Buckler, S. and Dart, G. (in press). Educational Anarchy: An international analysis into the validity of transpersonal education. Journal of Transpersonal Research.

External Responsibilities

External examiner, Education Studies, London South Bank University

Link person for Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Zambia) (hear Gareth being interviewed about the work by edTalks - )

Deputy project manager, Albinism in Malawi and Zambia (AIMZ) (see project outputs here )