National Teaching Fellow 2009
Institution at the time of award: Tesside University
Stewart Martin spent over 30 years as a teacher and Head Teacher in secondary education innovating in the use of ICT before moving into university research and lecturing. Now Head of Department at the Centre for Educational Studies at the University of Hull, http://www2.hull.ac.uk/ifl/ces.aspx ] his pioneering work on the use of digital technology in education, including in teacher training, has put him in demand from other universities and industry within the UK, and in China and Japan.
Stewart is a keen advocate of research-led teaching and of the application of experiment, new pedagogy and theory in the use of technology, where creating unique, effective educational applications that do not just replicate established computer-free approaches is often seen as ‘difficult’. He has pioneered imaginative approaches to the use of ICT in teaching not only in his own subjects of education and the management and leadership of change, but also in the liberal arts and science and in cultural contexts where established practice sometimes makes innovation challenging:
“Stewart’s insights into learning with technology and how to use these to develop Japanese approaches of ‘learning by body’ (repetition and practice) and ‘learning by experience’ (Chinese theory of ethics or politics by memory, for example) showed faculty how to become co-learners and to empower our students as teachers. This is exciting and we are now pioneers in ‘third order’ pedagogical change!”
Professor, Future University, Hakodate, Japan.
Stewart says that the effective application of technology in learning and teaching contexts and the developing of independent learners have been his continuing interest. His multimedia applications for teaching English Literature are also in use in many educational institutions in the UK and overseas and his independent-study guides have sold over one million copies to students worldwide.
His research has been funded by the British Council, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the EPSRC. His research projects include a comparative analysis of intercultural curricula and the application of immersive virtual environments to educational tasks including robotics programming for scientists and engineers, where in collaboration with Japanese universities he is developing metrics to establish effective applications for higher level thinking and learning. He is also innovating in the use of virtual worlds to study and teach citizenship empowerment in ethnically diverse democracies and leads the EPSRC project ‘What Citizenship do we want?’ (see http://web.me.com/stewartmartin2/Stewart_Martin/Citizenship.html).
Head of Department, Centre for Educational Studies
University of Hull