About ThinkosityThis professional blog is a space in which I hope to share directions, developments and considerations related to my research and teaching in the fields of Education and Technology Education. It is my hope that this will be of interest to those involved in research as well as those involved in the craft of classroom teaching.
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Category Archives: Secondary Technology Education
In the midst of what some have labelled a ‘STEM crisis’ (?), I have become increasingly interested in our understanding of the nature of subjects and how this might affect the ways in which they are manifest within policy, curriculum, … Continue reading
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be awarded one of six places on the ITEEA’s 21st Century Leadership Academy. This is one of several schemes that the organisation run to support and encourage those within the field of Technology and … Continue reading
I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at Konnect2Africa’s Pioneering STEM in Africa Summit at the Royal Society in London (3rd & 4th December, 2015). A range of speakers were able to provide insights concerned with supporting African … Continue reading
Research in Technology Education is a relatively new filed on inquiry – partly due to the fact that the curricular subject area itself is comparatively new. Whilst this means that there is lots of exciting work still to be done, … Continue reading
Really good teaching involves really good manipulation. Though this may sound as if it should have string of negative connotations attached to it, what teachers say (and the way they say it), can heavily shape how pupils interpret and learn … Continue reading
Below is the presentation I gave at Edge Hill Universities Annual Educational Research Conference (July, 2013). The Power of Research-Based Pedagogy: Increasing Pupils’ Creativity Absract Creativity is nebulous to understand and problematic to nurture. Though, as a human trait, it … Continue reading
Publication of a Paper: Promoting Transfer and an Integrated Understanding for Pre-Service Teachers of Technology Education
I have recently had a paper published in the Global Education Review that reports on a small scale study into promoting transfer of learning through integrated problem solving for pre-service teachers of technology education. You can access the full paper … Continue reading
In the thick of the Scottish ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ reforms, Teachers remain fully active at the front line of subject implementation. Any period of systematic change, especially on this scale, will come with its challenges, rewards and surprises; though from my … Continue reading
AVAILABLE FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO FOLLOW THINKOSITY! I spent some of my time off playing around with Excel 2010 and put together an electronic folio system that allows pupils to collect and manage evidence of the work they have … Continue reading
What is the context and background to this pilot project? Recent OECD publications(1, 2) explicitly link effective education with future employability and highlight the importance of improved school-employment alignment, transverse and technical skills. Among these, problem solving within STEM subjects … Continue reading