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Dr Lore Gallastegi

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Professional biography

Lore has been a Staff Tutor at the OU since 2003. She started in the Department of Languages but moved to her post at the OU in Scotland in the Department of education (currently School of Education, Childhood youth and Sport) in 2007. Her role as a Staff Tutor includes developing the OU’s Associate Lecturers in their role as Distance Learning tutors and facilitators of learning for adults. In her academic role at the OU she has worked with different stakeholders including the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council, the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Before working at the OU, Lore had completed a Primary Teaching Qualification and a degree in English Language in Spain. She then worked over 15 years teaching Spanish to children, young people and teachers in schools, as well as to adults in business companies and universities in Scotland.  During this time she completed a Masters degree at the University of Glasgow and a PhD at Strathclyde University on the Teaching and Learning of Spanish in Primary schools in Scotland. 

Lore possesses over 20 years’ experience in teaching, teacher development, and academia in Scotland, with over 8 years in the design and delivery of international education projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She specialises in the development of inclusive models of school-based teacher and learning assistant development in low-resource settings through distance learning particularly. From 2010 to 2016 Lore was involved in two projects funded by the Scottish government and UKAid to support local women to work as Teaching Assistants in their local primary schools. Between 2012 and 2015, Lore was a member of the research team in a European Union funded project on capacity building in faculties of education in Middle East and North Africa universities concentrating on aspects of Practicum in Initial Teacher Education, teachers’ continuing professional development and teaches’ practitioners inquiry and action research. Lore is currently involved in a Scottish Government project in Zambia to support the development of local teachers in active and collaborative teaching approaches.

Research interests

Teacher development


Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


Supporting Open Practices with Teachers in Zambia (2019)
Stutchbury, Kris; Gallastegi, Lore and Woodward, Clare
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 6(3) (pp. 208-227)

The attitudes of pupils towards modern languages in primary school (MLPS) in Scotland (2011-11)
Tierney, Daniel and Gallastegi, Lore
Education 3-13, 39(5) (483 -498)

Scottish pupils' perceptions of their Spanish learning experience in the last year of primary and the first year in secondary (2009-04)
Gallastegi, Lore and Tierney, Daniel
Vida Hispánica(39) (pp. 3-10)

The attitudes of Scottish pupils towards the study of Spanish in primary schools and the first year of secondary (2007-10)
Tierney, Daniel and Gallastegi, Lore
Vida Hispanica, 36 (pp. 13-24)

Does learning a language at primary school make a difference? A study of 10-13 year-old Scottish pupils' linguistic competence in Spanish (2005-10)
Gallastegi, Lore and Tierney, Daniel
Vida Hispánica, 32 (pp. 3-11)

Where are we going with primary foreign languages? (2005-07)
Tierney, Daniel and Gallastegi, Lore
Language Learning Journal, 31(1) (pp. 47-54)

School-based Continuing Professional Development: the Role of School Leaders (2022-09)
Stutchbury, Kris; Gallastegi, Lore; Woodward, Clare and Gaved, Mark
In : Pan Commonwealth Forum 10 (14-16 Sep 2022, Calgary, Canada)

Internet not available! Using offline networked learning to enhance teachers’ school-based continuing professional development in Zambia (2022)
Woodward, Clare; Gaved, Mark; Hanson, Rachel; Gallastegi, Lore and Stutchbury, Kris
In : Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (14-16 Sep 2022, Calgary, Canada)

Taking ownership: Including all teachers in SBCPD (2019)
Gallastegi, Lore; Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
In : Pan-Commonwealth Forum 9 (PCF9) (9-12 Sep 2019, Edinburgh)

Working with local teachers to support girls’ and women’s education in Malawi (2014-12-10)
Gallastegi, Lore and Cullen, Jane
In : Gender and Education Association Biennial Interim Conference 2014: Gender and Education in the Asia Pacific: Possibilities and Provocations (09-11 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia)

Formalised action research as an emergent form of teacher professional development (2014-06-25)
Bradshaw, Pete; Gallastegi, Lore; Shohel, Mahruf and Younie, Sarah
In : 2nd International ProPEL Conference 2014 (25-27 Jun 2014, Stirling, UK) (p 21)

Experienced teachers supporting women to access teacher education in Malawi (2013)
Gallastegi, Lore; Givah, Hendrina Mildred and Pritchard, Sally
In : ICET 56th World Assembly: The Changing Global Perspective on the Role of Teacher and Teacher Education (10-12 Jul 2012, Cape Coast. Ghana)

Second opportunities for women in rural Malawi (2011-12)
Gallastegi, Lore
In : Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in Malawi (01 Nov 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland)

Supporting induction to the teaching profession for women in Malawi (2011-08)
Wolfenden, F.; Gallastegi, Lore and Chitsulo, J.
In : DETA (Distance Education and Teacher Training in Africa) 2011 (3-5 Aug 2011, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique)