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Matt McLain

Matt McLain

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Biography

Matt is a teacher educator at Liverpool John Moores University. He moved into Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in September 2009, where he currently leads and teaches on the secondary postgraduate programme.

Previously he taught design and technology for over a decade in secondary schools in Greater Merseyside, and is particularly interested in electronics and control technology. During this time he became an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

Matt is also an active member of the Design and Technology Association’s Secondary Working Group. Recently Matt has been involved with the redrafting of the National Curriculum (2014), advising on non-statutory guidance for the DFE’s D&T Expert Group for the new programmes of study and on the future of GCSE Design and Technology. He has also advised on the development of GCSE and A Level Subject Criteria for design and technology.

In 2011 he commenced his PhD, and is researching the values of Teachers of Design and Technology; working with Q Methodology and adopting a philosophical perspective influenced by Pragmatism and Cultural Historical Activity Theory. He is interested in teaching and learning, and sociotechnological human activity.

Languages

English

Degrees

2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2005, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, MA Managing School Design and Technology
1998, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Secondary Design and Technology (11-18)
1992, Liverpool Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Architectural Studies

Academic appointments

Head of Secondary Programmes, Education, Health and Community: Teacher Education and Professional Learning, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education (Design and Technology), Education, Health and Community: Teacher Education and Professional Learning, Liverpool John Moores University, 2009 - 2014
Advanced Skills Teacher (Design and Technology), Rainford High Technology College, 2005 - 2009
Head of Systems and Control, Rainford High Technology College, 2002 - 2005
Teacher of Design and Technology, De La Salle Roman Catholic High School, 1998 - 2002

Publications

Highlighted publications

McLain MN. 2012. An autoethnographic narrative of the teaching of designing within Design and Technology in the English curriculum Ruismäki H, Ruokonen I. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 45 :318-330 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

McLain MN. Emerging perspectives on the demonstration as a signature pedagogy in design and technology education International Journal of Technology and Design Education, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Tynan R, McLain M. 2019. Attitudes to assessing trainee teachers on school experience placement within a group involved in an initial teacher education partnership at an 11-16 school: a Q-methodology approach TEAN Journal, 11 :3-20 Public Url

McLain M. 2019. Developing perspectives on ‘the demonstration’ as a signature pedagogy in design and technology International Journal of Technology and Design Education, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

McLain M, Irving-Bell D, Wooff D. 2019. Humanising the design and technology curriculum: Why technology education makes us human Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 24 :8-19 Publisher Url Public Url

McLain MN. 2018. Emerging perspectives on teacher modelling and explaining in design and technology International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 28 :985-1000 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Rowe J, McLain M. 2018. The challenges of curriculum design in initial teacher education (ITE): a perspective from Liverpool John Moores University Impact Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, Publisher Url

Bell D, Morrison-Love D, Wooff D, McLain M. 2018. STEM education in the twenty-first century: learning at work-an exploration of design and technology teacher perceptions and practices INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN EDUCATION, 28 :721-737 DOI Author Url Public Url

McLain MN. 2017. A new paradigm for design and technology education? [a book review of Critique in Design and Technology Education, by P.J. Williams and K. Stables (eds)] Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, :116-118 Publisher Url Public Url

Bell D, Wooff D, McLain M, Morrison-Love D. 2017. Analysing design and technology as an educational construct: an investigation into its curriculum position and pedagogical identity Curriculum Journal, 28 :539-558 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

McLain MN, McLain MH, Tsai J, Martin MC, Bell D, Wooff D. 2017. Traditional tales and imaginary contexts in primary design and technology: a case study Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 22 Publisher Url Public Url

McLain MN, Bell D, Smith J, Martin M. 2014. Reviewing the Impact of the National Strategies Design and Technology Framework for Key Stage Three The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences EJSBS, 2 :1353-1430 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Pratt A, McLain MN, Bell D. 2014. Show How know how part two D&T Practice, :32-34 Author Url Publisher Url

McLain MN. 2013. The challenges facing Postgraduate Trainees in Initial Teacher Education coming from practical or vocational degrees Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 5 :39-56 Author Url Publisher Url

McLain MN. 2012. An autoethnographic narrative of the teaching of designing within Design and Technology in the English curriculum Ruismäki H, Ruokonen I. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 45 :318-330 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

McLain MN. Design Learning in Finland D&T Practice, 1 :33-35 Publisher Url

Bell D, McLain MN. Innovative Approahes to Raising the Profile of D&T Whitton N. D&T Practice, 1 :39-41 Publisher Url

McLain MN, Pratt A. How to pass your PGCE essay first time Whitton N, Davies LT, Green R, Mitchell A. D&T Practice, :26-29 Publisher Url

McLain MN. Emerging perspectives on the demonstration as a signature pedagogy in design and technology education International Journal of Technology and Design Education, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McLain MN. The challenges facing Applied (14 – 19) PGCE Routes in Initial Teacher Education: reflections of a beginning teacher educator on the development of a professional narrative of beginning teachers Norman E, Spendlove D, Benson C. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

McLain M. 2019. Helping new D&T teachers to analyse and develop knowledge and understanding in design and technology (product design) Mentoring Design and Technology Teachers in the Secondary School A Practical Guide Routledge 9781138541108 Publisher Url Public Url

McLain M, Bell D, Wooff D. 2018. Resistant Materials Cambridge IGCSE® Design and Technology Teacher Guide Collins 9780008293284

McLain M, Bell D, Wooff D. Resistant Materials Cambridge IGCSE® Design and Technology Student Book Collins 9780008293277

McLain M. Key pedagogies in design and technology Hardy A. Learning to teach design and technology in the secondary school: a companion to school experience Routledge. London

Conference publication

Irving-Bell D, Wooff D, McLain M. 2019. Re-designing Design and Technology Education: A living literature review of stakeholder perspectives Pulé S, de Vries M. PATT37 Developing a knowledge economy through technology and engineering education :233-248

McLain M, Bell D, Wooff D, Morrison-Love D. 2018. Cultural and historical roots for design and technology education: why technology makes us human Seery N, Buckley J, Canty D, Phelan J. PATT36 Research and Practice in Technology Education: Perspectives on Human Capacity and Development :223-230 Publisher Url

McLain MN. 2016. Teacher educator perspectives on pedagogical modelling and explaining in Design and Technology: a Q Methodology Study Pupils' Attitutdes Towards Technology (PATT): Technology Education for 21st Century skills Public Url

McLain MN, Barlex D, Bell D, Hardy A. 2015. Teacher perspectives on pedagogical modelling and explaining in Design and Technology: a Q Methodology Study Chatoney M. Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design and Technology Education, PATT29: Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design and Technology Education :268-279 Author Url

Wooff D, Bell D, McLain MN, Martin M. 2015. Pupils’ perceptions of design and technology education in England and Wales: emergent findings Chatoney M. Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design and Technology Education, Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology :457-465 Author Url

McLain MN, Bell D, Smith J, Martin M. 2013. Reviewing the Impact of the National Strategies Design and Technology Framework for Key Stage Three Bekirogullari Z. International Conference of Education and Educational Psychology :10-10 DOI Author Url

McLain MN. 2012. The importance of technological activity and designing and making activity, a historical perspective. Ginner T, Hallström J, Hultén M. http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_home/index.en.aspx?issue=073, PATT 26 Conference, Technology Education in the 21st Century :330-340 Publisher Url

McLain MN. The challenges facing 14-19/Applied PGCE Routes in Initial Teacher Education Ideas Worth Sharing: The Design and Technology Association Education & International Research Conference

Bell D, Wooff D, McLain MN, Hughes C. Preliminary Observations of an evolutionary Design and Technology curriculum: A Worrying Trend? (poster) D&T Association Annual Conference 2011, Designing a Better Future Publisher Url

McLain MN, Bell D, Wooff D, Morrison-Love D. How technology makes us human: cultural and historical roots for design and technology education Seery N, Buckley J, Canty D, Phelan J. 36th International Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology Conference Publisher Url Public Url

Other

McLain MN, Welsh R. 2016. Design and technology GCSE subject content Department for Education (DfE) , Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) , McLain MN. Publisher Url Public Url

Welsh R, McLain MN. 2015. Design and technology GCE AS and A Level subject content Department for Education (DfE) , Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) . Publisher Url Public Url

McLain MN, McLain MH, Tsai J. The Billy Goats' guide to bridge design: imaginary contexts using traditional tales as starting points in Key Stage 1 Pimley G. D&T Primary: the practical poster pack,

McLain MN. Ready for the new GCSE Design and Technology? Healy S. Design for life: Design and technology and engineering magazine, :10-11 Publisher Url

McLain MN. Developing perspectives on the demonstration as a signature pedagogy in design and technology education International Journal of Technology and Design Education, DOI

McLain MN, Irving-Bell D, Wooff D, Morrison-Love D. How technology makes us human: cultural and historical roots for design and technology education Journal of Curriculum Studies, DOI

Book

Harris J, Bell D, Hughes C, McLain MN, Stewart R, Wooff D. 2016. Collins Cambridge IGCSE - Cambridge IGCSE® Design and Technology Teacher Guide Collins 978-0-00-814421-0 Publisher Url

Collins UK. 2016. Cambridge IGCSE Design and Technology Student Book HarperCollins UK 9780008124687

Scholarly edition

McLain MN, McLain MH, Tsai J. 2014. D&T Primary: The Practical Primary Poster Pack: The Billy Goats' guide to bridge design: imaginary contexts using traditional tales as starting points in Key Stage 1

Engagement & Impact

Fellowships:

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, https://www.thersa.org/. 2019

External committees:

Board of Trustees, Design and Technology Association, co-opted member, https://www.data.org.uk/. 2019

Design and Technology Expert Subject Advisory Group, Department for Education, Member, http://expertsubjectgroups.co.uk/.

Secondary and Examinations Working Group, The Design and Technology Association, Member and Chair (from 9th April 2016), http://www.data.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=520&Itemid=159.

Conference presentation:

Teacher educator perspectives on pedagogical modelling and explaining in Design and Technology: a Q Methodology Study., Pupils' Attitutdes Towards Technology (PATT): Technology Education for 21st Century skills, Delft University of Technology and HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, Paper and presentation. 2016

Traditional tails and imaginary contexts in primary design and technology: a case study., Pupils' Attitutdes Towards Technology (PATT): Technology Education for 21st Century skills, Delft University of Technology and HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, Paper and presentation. 2016

Award:

Teacher Training Design and Technology Association Award 2016, Design and Technology Association, https://www.data.org.uk/news/celebrating-excellence-in-design-and-technology-education-in-2016/. 2016

Industrial connections:

Department for Education, Drafter for GCE AS and A level subject content for design and technology, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gce-as-and-a-level-design-and-technology. 2015

Department for Education, Drafter for GCSE subject content for design and technology, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-design-and-technology. 2015

Design and Technology Association, Consulting for Skills Gap: Renishaw Challenge (programmable components), http://www.skillsgapprogramme.org.uk/teaching-resources/programmable-components. 2014

Design and Technology Association, IET Programmable Components key stage 3 scheme of work resources, https://www.data.org.uk/shop-products/programmable-components-celebrations/. 2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy. 2011

Member, Design and Technology Association, http://www.data.org.uk/. 1997

Member, Design and Technology Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG), http://expertsubjectgroups.co.uk/.

Media Coverage:

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/lecturer-at-ljmu-scoops-prestigious-honour-for-design-and-technology-education, LJMU News.

Other Professional Activity:

AQA Design and Technology Stakeholder Reference Group.

DFE drafter for the GCSE and A Level D&T subject content (March to November 2015).

External Examiner - Manchester Metropolitan University, PGCE Design and Technology (2013 to present).

External Examiner - University of Glasgow, Bachelor of Technology Education (2014 to present).

National Curriculum Programme of Study for Design and Technology Stakeholder Group (2013).

OCR Design, Technology and Engineering Consultative Forum.