Mike has been involved in Design and Technology education for 25 years as teacher, co-ordinator, education officer and now teacher educator. He has worked in 3 other ITE institutions developing and delivering primary and secondary courses and is probably best known for his work on values in design and technology. He have continued to write papers and presents regularly at national and international conferences. Since joining LJMU in 2004, he has been PGCE Route Leader for Design and Technology, co-ordinated the PGCE course, been responsible for an undergraduate KS2/3 design and technology course and is now heavily involved in teaching research methods.
Mike is currently completing his doctoral research which explores the subject knowledge development of pre-service teachers of Design and Technology in secondary schools. This makes use of a phenomenological approach, reflecting his interest in both philosophy and psychology.
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, BEng(Hons), Mechanical Engineering
Open University, United Kingdom, MEd, Education
External Examiner, University of Manchester, 2015 - present
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
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
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
McLain MN, McLain MH, Martin MC, Tsai J. 2016. Traditional tails and imaginary contexts in primary design and technology: a case study de Vries M. Pupils' Attitutdes Towards Technology (PATT): Technology Education for 21st Century skills
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 >Link
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 >Link
Martin MC. 2012. From facts to fractals: exploring theoretical perspectives on (subject) knowledge for design and technology Benson C. PATT 25 & CRIPT 8: Perspectives on Learning in Design & Technology Education, PATT 25 & CRIPT 8: Perspectives on Learning in Design & Technology Education
Martin MC. Five eras of making and designing Williams J. PATT 27: Technology education for the future
Martin MC. Student Teachers perspectives on Technology Teaching and Learning Technology Conference
Martin MC. Values in design and technology education: Past, present and future PATT26
Martin MC, Owen-Jackson G. 2013. Is Design and Technology about making or knowing? Owen-Jackson G. Debates in Design and Technology Education Routledge 9781134085194
Theses / Dissertations
Martin MC. A phenomenological study of pre-service teachers' subject knowledge in secondary design and technology Jones C.
Engagement & Impact
Award title: Masters of Education, Awarding body: Open University
Other Professional Activity:
Describe the Professional Activities: External Examiner at the University of Manchester