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David Berg image (2023)Associate Professor
Academic Leader (NMSSA), Co-Director (EARU)
BA(Hons)(Lanc) MSc(Liv) EdD(Otago) PGCert (Liv Hope)

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 8808


David is an experienced primary school teacher and former primary deputy principal. He has worked in teacher education both here at Otago and at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He has taught in Nepal for 12 months and has visited schools in India, Russia, and South Africa.
In 2016, David was the recipient of the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand's Emerging Teacher Educator award.

Teaching Sectors

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate - Primary Education

Teaching Areas

  • Professional practice (primary)
  • Education studies
  • Research methods

Research Interests

  • Initial teacher education
  • Efficacy beliefs
  • Teaching and learning
  • International education
  • Formative Assessment


Berg, D. A. G., Skaalvik, E. M., Asil, M., Hill, M. F., Uthus, M., Tangen, T. N., & Smith, J. K. (2023). Teacher self-efficacy and reasons for choosing initial teacher education programmes in Norway and New Zealand. Teaching & Teacher Education, 125, 104041. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2023.104041

Berg, D. A. G. (2022). Over 40 years of teacher self-efficacy research: Theory, measurement, and application. In A. O'Donnell, N. C. Barnes & J. Reeve (Eds.), Oxford handbook of educational psychology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199841332.013.30

Smith, J. K., Berg, D. A. G., & Lipnevich, A. A. (2022). Formative assessment and assessment for learning: Distinctions, mileposts, and a view to the future. In A. O'Donnell, N. C. Barnes & J. Reeve (Eds.), Oxford handbook of educational psychology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199841332.013.27

NMSSA Project Team, including Berg, D., Ward, J., Asil, M., White, J., Lancaster, D., & Young, S. (2022). The Arts 2021: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 25]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 66p. Retrieved from

Gunn, A. C., Hill, M. F., Berg, D. A. G., & Haigh, M. (2020). The promise and practice of university teacher education: Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 208p. doi: 10.5040/9781350073517

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