Dr David Morrison-Love
- Lecturer in Technological Education with a focus on Employability (Curriculum Assessment and Pedagogy)
David Morrison-Love is a Lecturer in Technology Education and Employability within the School of Education. He is a member of the International Educational Assessment Network, a Research Lead in the CAMAU Project and is Joint Programme Leader for the Design & Technology ITE Programme at the University of Glasgow. He has a keen interest in helping to shape and understand learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in the areas of Design, Technology and Engineering both philosophically and empirically. His current work focuses on:
- The epistemic nature of technology and engineering in the context of curriculum and subject.
- The development of evidence informed progression frameworks for learning within Science, Technology and Mathematics shaped by practitioners and the experiences of Learners a part of the CAMAU Project and the development of the new Welsh curriculum.
David graduated in 2001 with a first class honours degree from the University of Glasgow for which he received the TTA Medal and was offered a scholarship to undertake post graduate studies from the Underwood Trust, also at the University of Glasgow. He undertook his PhD in Technology Education which was ultimately completed in tandem with his work as a secondary school teacher of Technology Education in Falkirk Council. He was successful in securing the post of Lecturer in Technology Education within the College of Social Sciences in 2012.
Following his nomination onto the 21CLA, David has been recognised as a 21st Century Fellow with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. David has a very keen interest in how STEM subjects are understood and conceptualised, how this might affect classroom approaches and wider aspects of STEM learning. He is always keen to hear from anyone who shares similar interests.
Contact David via Skype (Username: dmlove80)
Orchid Identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9009-4738
My research explores aspects of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in STEM Education with a focus on the ‘Technology’ and the ‘Engineering’ subject areas. Herein, my expertise lies with:
i. Conceptual and philosophical dimensions of curriculum and subject.
ii. Learning progression and assessment in technology subjects, the wider curriculum and systems of Education.
iii. The development of pupils' skills, problem solving, understanding and the effects of learning contexts.
As such, my work contributes to the College research theme of ‘Social Justice, Equity and Change’ and to the School of Education themes of ‘Educational Improvement’ and ‘Political and Educational Philosophy’.
My work is intended to feed into (i) the shaping of improved classroom approaches to teaching and learning, (ii) the way in which subjects are theoretically and practically understood and conceptualised as part of learning, teaching and policy development. I also have a keen interest in exploring ways of supporting the use of research by those within the education profession to improve outcomes for everyone including pupils.
Predominantly qualitative and mixed-method/hybrid including grounded approaches, participatory research methods, observation/discourse/digital media and philosophical analysis.
Project Title: CAMAU: Learning Progression for Wales
Project Staff: Hayward, L., Jones, D. E., Waters, J., Makara, K., Morrison-Love, D., Spencer, E., Barnes, J., Davies, H., Hughes, S., Jones, C., Nelson, S., Ryder, N., Stacey, D., Wallis, R., Baxter, J., MacBride, G., Bendall, R., Brooks, S., Cooze, A., Davies, L., Denny, H., Donaldson, P., Hughes, S., Lewis, I., Lloyd, P., Maitra, S., Morgan, C, Pellew James, S., Samuel-Thomas, S., Sharpling, E., Southern, A., Stewart, S., Valdera-Gil, F., Wardle, G.
Project Description: The CAMAU project was established with funding from UWTSD and the Welsh Government to work with teachers and policy makers to develop progression frameworks for all areas of the curriculum. These descriptions of progression in learning are evidence-informed and supportive of assessment practices that are consistent with the ‘spirit’ rather than the ‘letter’ of assessment for learning.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Trinity St David, Welsh Government (£39,948 of £399,482 awarded)
Further Information & Project Updates: CAMAU Research Report
Project Title: Access to Impact
Project Staff: Dr David Morrison-Love,
Project Description: This project explores ways of supporting professional dialogue between teachers and authors of published research to enhance outcomes for learners as well as provide more direct insights into the impact of published research.
Awarding Body: ITEEA (£16,060 in kind support).
Further Information & Project Updates: Available here.
Project Title: Mathematics Revision Resources for Students in the School of Education.
Project Staff: Dr David Morrison-Love, Dr Sue Milne, Mr Lee Dunn & Mr Naill Barr.
Project Description: This project will provide diagnostic testing facilities for students in the School of Education, with feedback linked to revision resources, including sustainable formative assessment. This builds on the work of several Jisc-funded projects led by the University, and an existing first year module already running for BTechEd. It will also provide tools and training to enable staff to create feedback-rich assessment resources for their students.
Awarding Body: Learning & Teaching Development Fund, University of Glasgow (£2,400)
Duration: August 2014 - July 2015
Further Information & Project Updates: Link to follow.
Project Title: LITUP (Learning through the Integration of Technology in a University Partnership)
Project Staff: Prof Vivienne Baumfield, Prof Nigel Leask, Prof Jyoti Sharma, Dr David Morrison-Love.
Project Description: This project supports the development of technology enhanced learning in shared modules in English Literature between two Higher Education Institutions. This will involve the development of a framework and model to guide the design and implementation of pedagogical and instructional design that can be utilised in other subject areas.
Awarding Body: British Council: Knowledge Economy Partnerships (£9,500)
Duration: April 2014 - April 2015
Further Information & Project Updates: Link to follow.
Project Title: Thinking with Things
Project Staff: Dr David Morrison-Love, Miss Olesya Nedvetskaya (Research Assistant)
Project Description: Exploring ways in which S2 pupil interaction with a range of tools and materials to generate design ideas can be represented as a system of distributed thinking. As a pilot project, this is exploratory in nature and seeks to ascertain areas of interest that could be further explored through a larger grant application.
Awarding Body: Adam Smith Research Foundation, University of Glasgow (<£1000).
Duration: November 2013 - November 2014
Further Information & Project Updates:
David has supervised numerous undergraduate research students who have investigate, and developed resources for, a range of areas and issues in Technology Education at both Primary and Secondary level.
Student dissertation have addresses such areas as:
- Understanding Materials Through Technology in Primary Schools
- Enhancing Pupil Engagement with 3D Modelling Software
- The Design of a Teaching Resource to Enhance Pupils' Skills in Justifying Design Choices
- A Comparative Study of Approaches to ACfE
- How does Technology Education provide Young People with the Skills that Employers look for? A Stakeholder's Analysis.
- As a Teacher, How can I best Support a Pupil with Down Syndrome in Practical Craft Skills, at National 4/5 level?
David is currently supervising two PhD students in Education and would be happy to hear from anyone interested in pursuing research-based study at Masters or Doctoral levels in similar fields of interest.
David is currently responsible for teaching on the Bachelor of Technological Education degree programme and delivers the following courses:
- Design & Integrating Technology T3 (20 Credits)
- Integrating Technology T1 (10 Credits)
- Sustainable Resources & the Environment T4 (20 Credits)
- Materials & Processes T3 (10 Credits)
- Teacher Education 3 (10 Credits)
- Engineering Systems & Robotics T4 (20 Credits)
- Final Year UG Dissertation
- Educational Research Methods
Previously, he has also been responsible for delivering courses in Electronics and Technology & Society.
As a secondary school teacher of Technology Education, David has experience delivering a range of subjects and courses including Curriculum for Excellence Technology Courses, Craft & Design, Graphic Communication, Technological Studies and Practical Craft Skills.
Professional Memberships & Organisations
David currently holds the following:
- Member of the International Technology and Engineering Education Association
- Member of the International Educational Assessment Network.
- Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
- Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
- Registered Expert with the European Commission & UNESCO.
- Member of the National Technologies Forum, Education Scotland.
- Full Registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
- Membership of the Alliance for Useful Evidence.
- Senate Seat as a Representative for the College of Social Science, University of Glasgow (2014-2017).
- Member of the University of Glasgow Senate Conduct Committee (2014-2017).
Awards, Recognition & Roles
- Session Chair at the Nisbet Summit and Inaugural Meeting of the International Educational Assessment Network, Glasgow, May 2018.
- 21st Century Fellow with the International Technology & Engineering Education Association.
- Invited Session Chair for The 11th International Conference on Technology Education for the Asia-Pacific Region. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2015.
- Shortlisted for the 2016 Student Teaching Awards under the Category of 'Best Feedback'.
- GTCS Professional Recognition for Technology Education.
- GTCS Professional Recognition for Assessment.
- GTCS Professional Recognition for Mentoring.
- Underwood Trust Scholarship for Post-Graduate Studies.
- Scottish Technology Teachers' Association Undergraduate Medal Winner.
Review Panel Membership (past & present)
- European Journal of Engineering Education
- European Journal of Teacher Education
- The Global Education Review
- Technology, Pedagogy & Education
- The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (Grant Application Review)