Education, Teaching & Leadership

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Susan V McLaren

Senior Lecturer in Design & Technology

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6615


1.13 Charteris Land


Research interests are related to the development of principles, practice and values in Design and Technology Education. They include the development of pedagogies to embed principles of design for sustainability; issues of transformational change and altered consciousness; perceptions of personal technological capability of student and practicing teachers, discriminators of creativity and progression; and useful, real time multi modal assessment is for learning approaches.

Susan's key teaching areas are PGDE (Secondary) Design and Technology, PGDE (Primary) Technologies and Continuing Professional Development for primary and secondary teachers.

She has supervised DT teacher Chartered teacher thesis and MSc students on topics such as gender issues in DT Education; Developing Enterprise through DT.

Her curriculum development, support materials and professional development sessions include those devised to suit specific requests for schools (primary & secondary), groups of teachers and the local authorities. She designed and presented the first Modular Masters PGC in Design and Technology Education in Scotland. She has been involved in national initiatives for curriculum development for Learning Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Qualification Authority.

Susan has been involved as consultant for school design and technology TV programmes and authoring supporting web notes and content editor for school texts.

Principal interests

  • Design and Technology Education
  • Transformative pedagogies in DT 
  • Primary Design and Technology
  • All matters Secondary Design and Technology (excluding advanced technological engineering knowledge /content)
  • Critical Thinking related DT and curriculum and pedagogy matters
  • Creativity and higher order thinking in DT ed  and across the curriculum
  • Creativity and designerly activity
  • Design for sustainability
  • Circular Economy and systems thinking
  • Citizenship and sustainability
  • Assessment of creative  design performance 
  • Literacy across curriculum with reference to  DT ed.

Current and recent research

  • Partnership working in ITE
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Planning and development
  • Design for Sustainability, Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economy in the Design and Technology school curriculum
  • Alternative Curriculum and pedagogy models
  • International comparison in DT ed.
  • Creative approaches to dealing with controversial issues
  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) in the curriculum
  • Choice making
  • Industry and business links and partnerships in education
  • Enterprise in education and Enterprising thinking


Publications list for Susan V McLaren


  • PGDE (Secondary) Design and Technology
  • PGDE (Primary)Technologies
  • Global Learning: Citizenship and Sustainability
  • Technologies for MA Primary Education with.......

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