Education, Teaching & Leadership

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Susan V McLaren

Senior Lecturer in Design & Technology

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)

Email:

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6615

Location:

1.13 Charteris Land

Background

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
  • 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
  • Assessment of creativity and designerly activity
  • Design for sustainability
  • Circular Economy and systems thinking
  • Citizenship and sustainability
  • Literacy across curriculum with reference to  DT ed.

Current and recent research

  • 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
  • Enterprise in education and Enterprising thinking

Publications

Publications list for Susan V McLaren

Teaching

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

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