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John Robson PGDiP, B.Ed, CERT.

Senior Lecturer in Design and Technology Education

Summary

I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in 2002, having been involved with Teacher Education through mentoring students on placement from a number of HEIs.

  • About

    I have teaching experience in both Art and Design and Design and Technology, having taught these in secondary schools for 24 years. This included substantial periods of working as a Post-16 tutor and as Head of Faculty of Design. This has mainly been in schools in Derbyshire. For a period of 3 years I also worked at the then newly opened Djanogly City Technology College, Nottingham. Here I had the role of Curriculum Co-ordinator for Art & Design, working across the Colleges of Expressive Arts and Maths, Science and Technology.

    Pedagogical studies in Design and Technology.

    Design communication studies, the role of drawing and visual literacy.

    Action-based research through enquiry in the placement school.

    Design and manufacturing practice as a supervising tutor for undergraduate design projects. Through this I was interested to encourage and develop an awareness of more sustainable approaches.

    Developing and leading on the MA module in Education for Sustainable Design.

  • Teaching

  • Research

  • Publications

    Book chapters

    Cowell, T. (2015). Preparing to teach electronics, actuation and control technologies. In Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience: Third Edition. (pp. 77-98). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315767956

    Lee, J., & Todd, R. (2013). Teaching systems and control. In Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, Second Edition. (pp. 10-25). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203717653

    Robson, J. (2008). Teaching graphics. In Owen-Jackson, G. (Ed.) Learning to teach design and technology in the secondary school : a companion to school experience - 2nd edition. (pp. 73-83). Routledge

  • Other activities

    I work closely with departments in secondary schools to establish and maintain partnerships for student placements. I continue to contribute to the training of mentors in schools and to the supervision of students while on teaching placements.

    Through the Design & Technology Association (D&TA), I managed and co-ordinated a successful Student Associates Scheme in Design & Technology. My work with D&TA also included a period as a member of the Initial Teacher Education working group. During this period I contributed to the revision of the Minimum Competences for Trainees to Teach Design & Technology in Secondary Schools (2010).

    I have also been involved in the development of Key Stage 3 project work through links with the Technology Enhancement Programme.

    Other responsibilities

    External Examiner at Northumbria University and at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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