About me and contact details….



Dr David Spendlove

University of Manchester


Selected Activities:

  • Head of Initial Teacher Education; Executive Teach First  NW PGCE/PGDE;
  • Senior lecturer;
  • Regional Chair of  NW4 and national member of DfE national advisory group for Initial Teacher Training;
  • Outstanding Contribution to D&TA Award;
  • Co-editor of Design and Technology education: an International Journal 2004-;
  • Invited international research keynotes (UK, Norway, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, etc);
  • Fellowship (FGTEP), Learning Teaching Award (John Moores University);
  • Co-editor DATA international research conference publication 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010;
  • External examiner (most recently Exeter University, Cambridge University, Waikato University (NZ)), Ofsted Additional Inspector (ITE);
  • Consultant to government agencies;
  • Author of evaluations, research reports, editorials, books, ‘Thinkpieces’, academic papers, etc;
  • Research presented UK (BERA), Australia (TERC), India (epiSTEME), France,  Israel, New Zealand (PATT),USA (AERA), Canada (T&LC), Hong Kong, Finland (ECER), China;
  • Media work includes BBC radio, writing for the Times Educational Supplement, Teachers TV.

Background: Having taught in secondary education for 13 years in a wide range of schools, prior to entering Higher Education I was head of department and a member of my schools senior management team with responsibility for whole school issues including monitoring, assessment and recording.  Since moving into Higher Education in 2000 my work has involved development of both policy and practice in a variety of areas including design and technology education, teacher development and creative education. Currently I co-edit Design and Technology Education: An International Journal as well as co-editing the D&TA international research conference proceedings since 2003. I have given a range of national and international keynote presentations as well as presenting extensive CPD in a range of areas including creativity, assessment, emotional literacy, teaching and learning, etc. In 2013 I received a D&TA “Outstanding Contribution’ Award for my work in research, publishing and ITE.

Research: My research is located primarily in examining the role of the teacher and teacher education. This includes examining the nature of teacher training and the emerging professionalism of trainee teachers. My research also examines constraints and development of ‘everyday’ creativity  and decision making and draws extensively upon psychology, philosophy and emotion theory. My Ph.D (by published work) was a collection of thirteen publications drawing upon a range of theories including activity theory, grounded theory and critical theory whilst data collection and analysis have included case studies, Q methodology, action research,  surveys, ethnographic approaches, field notes and focus groups interviews. Central to my work is the development of local, national and international policy and practice in a variety of areas notably teacher education and technology education.