Dr Martyn Walker
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Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PhD, PGCE, FHEA
Martyn Walker is a teacher educator and researcher at the University of Huddersfield. He is a member of the Centre for Research in Post-Compulsory Education at the University and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Educational Administration and History. Martyn is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His work, based on the history of adult education, has been widely published in scholarly journals. After many years teaching in secondary, adult and further education, Martyn was appointed to the then new post of Head of Department for Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University in 2001. With changes in government policy towards teacher education in universities, and the resulting restructuring in the School of Education and Professional Development from three to two departments, Martyn took the opportunity to take on cross-University and School-wide roles. He is Head of both School Staff Development and Student Liaison. Martyn also has responsibility for organising and supporting partner colleges with School provision validations and re-validations. He is Course Team Leader for the Pre-Service Certificate, Professional Graduate, Post Graduate and DipEd in Education (Lifelong Learning). He also teachers across a wide range of undergraduate programmes, Masters routes and is a supervisor for MA dissertations and postgraduate PhD /EdD.
Research & Scholarship
Current Research Interests
Martyns research interests relate to historical educational developments with regard to curriculum offered in further, adult and higher education and the impact of government education policy in an historical context. His PhD traces the growth and development of the mechanics institute movement in Britain which became the bedrock on which post-school education and training has been established. His historical insight informs students on all courses about the past which have impact on present day educational developments.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Walker, M (2014) ‘Earnest students anxious to acquire a practical knowledge suited to the trade of the district: The growth and development of the Mechanics Institute Movement with particular reference to Huddersfield 1824 1890 ’ Journal of Educational Administration and History , 46 (1), pp. 38-56. ISSN 0022-0620
Walker, M (2013) ‘For the last many years in England everybody has been educating the people, but they have forgotten to find them any books: The Mechanics Institutes Library Movement and its Contribution to Working-Class Adult Education during the Nineteenth Century’ Library & Information History , 29 (4), pp. 272-286. ISSN 1758-3489
Robinson, D. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘'Working-class education: Notions of widening participation in the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries’ Journal of Adult and Continuing Education , 19 (2). ISSN 1477-9714
Walker, M (2013) ‘Rule of Thumb Methods no longer suffice : the relevance of the history of coal mining education to contemporary policy’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 10th International Conference, 5th-7th July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford
Walker, M (2013) ‘The Yorkshire Union has grown to the most extensive educational confederation in the kingdom: the growth and distribution of the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics' Institutes, 18381890’ The Australian Library Journal , 62 (2), pp. 125-139. ISSN 0004-9670
Walker, M (2013) ‘Encouragement of sound education amongst the industrial classes: mechanics institutes and working-class membership 18381881’ Educational Studies , 39 (2), pp. 142-155. ISSN 0305-5698
Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘A Comparative Study of Awarding Organisation and HEI Initial Teacher Training Programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector in England’ Professional Development in Education , 39 (3), pp. 352-368. ISSN 1941-5257
Alshahrani, S., Ward, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘Impact of Web technologies on student's self-confidence and self-reliance’. In: International Conference on Global Vision 2020, 3rd-4th May 2013, Tamil Nadu, India
Alshahrani, S., Ward, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘Impact of Web technologies on student-lecturer referent power relationship’. In: WEI International Conference Proceedings. Orlando, Florida, USA: West East Institute. pp. 16-20.
Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘Teacher Training Qualifications For The Lifelong Learning Sector A Comparison Of Higher Education Institution And Awarding Body Qualifications’ Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (2), pp. 24-31. ISSN 2040-0993
Walker, M (2012) ‘The banquet was prepared for guests who did not come: A study of the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics' Institutes and its contribution to 19th century adult working-class education, 18381900’. In: Buildings Books and Blackboards:Intersecting Narratives Conference 2012, 28th Nov-1st Dec. 2012, Melbourne, Australia
Walker, M (2012) ‘Initial Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector: A Comparative Study of University and Awarding Body Programmes’. In: Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers. UCET Conference, 8th-9th November 2012, Leicestershire, UK
Walker, M (2012) ‘It is only the instructed and trained overlooker and artisan that can successfully compete against foreign skills: Nineteenth-century adult technical and vocational education offered by the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics Institutes and the foundation of further education curricula’ Journal of Adult and Continuing Education , 18 (2), pp. 61-79. ISSN 1477-9714
Walker, M (2012) ‘The Origins and Development of the Mechanics Institute Movement 1824 1890 and the Beginnings of Further Education’ Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (1), pp. 32-39. ISSN 2040-0993
Walker, M (2012) ‘Partnership between the University of Huddersfield and the Guangdong Provincial Vocational Training Centre for College Principals with regard to Student-Centred Learning for Vocational Teachers in Schools and Colleges ’. In: The Third International Vocational Education Forum, 9th-11th May 2012, Guangzhou, China
Walker, M (2011) ‘A solid and practical education within the reach of the humblest means: The growth and development of the Mechanics Institutes Movement with particular reference to the Huddersfield Mechanics Institution 18251891’. In: The 9th JVETJournal of Vocational Education and Training International Conference , 8th - 10th July 2011, Worcester College Oxford
Walker, M (2010) Solid and practical education within reach of the humblest means: the growth and development of the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics Institutes 18381891 Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Robinson, D. and Walker, M. (2010) ‘'Working -class' education: notions of widening participation in the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries’. In: Research Festival, February 2010, University of Huddersfield
Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2010) ‘Career planning and continuing professional development’. In: Teaching in Lifelong Learning. Milton Keynes: Open University Press. pp. 248-258. ISBN 9780335234684
Walker, M (2009) ‘Mechanics and miners: the growth and development of adult education in Barnsley 1831 - 1964’. In: Changing Barnsley: from mining town to university town. Barnsley: Wharncliffe Books. . ISBN 9781845631222
Walker, M (2009) ‘A Solid and Practical Education Within the Reach of the Humblest Means’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield
Walker, M (2008) Examinations for the 'underprivileged' in Victorian times: the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution and the Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce William Shipley Group
Cook, M., Fisher, R. and Walker, M. (2008) Teacher education at Huddersfield, 1947-2007: from technical teacher training college to university school of education . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield . ISBN 9781862180697
Simmons, R. and Walker, M. () ‘Teacher Training Qualifications For The Lifelong Learning Sector A Comparison Of Higher Education Institution And Awarding Body Qualifications’ Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (2), pp. 24-31. ISSN 2040-0993
Professional Membership and Activities
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the History of Education Society
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Fellow of the Institute for Learning
External Examiner (Current Appointment)
External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Education, The Open University
Other External Work
- University of Plymouth External Reviewer for Fd Degree in Class Assistants
- University of Worcester External for Education Review
- University of Essex Consultant for FE College to deliver PCET ITT
- University of Derby External Reviewer for Education
Designed and developed quality assurance systems for technical qualifications at Nazareth College, Ethiopia, in line with FE guidelines for England and Wales. The College now has university status. The project was funded by the British Council.
Established links with FE and HE in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in relation to establishing teacher training programmes and train the trainers for engineering teachers. This was a joint project with the School of Engineering.
Appointed project leader for a Chinese Government funded programme in support of creativity and innovation in teaching and learning for teachers in senior schools, colleges and universities in the Province of Guangdong. This is in partnership, with Beijing Government funding, between the University and the Teachers Centre. It involves sending staff out to deliver the programme monthly, over 10 months of the year and has been in place since 2011. To date over 5,500 teachers and lecturers have attended the week-long sessions.
Research and Scholarship
Education Policy, Education Management, History of Education and Training, Apprenticeships, Open and Flexible Learning Environments.
Journal Reviews. Editorial Boards
Editorial Board Member and article reviewer for the Journal of Educational Administration and History, University of Manchester
Book Review: M. Tomlinson, Education, Work and Identity (2013, Bloomsbury Academic) in British Journal of Educational Studies (December 2013).
Article reviewer for Journal of Further and Higher Education
Article reviewer for Journal of Educational Studies
Research Degree Supervision
EdD: The Impact of ITT on the Learning and Skills Sector: Scrutinising the synergy between standards and vocational needs
EdD: A phenomenological study of team-based learning in pharmacy curricula
PhD: The impact of public Libraries in the UK on lifelong learning
PhD: Analysis of the influence of Sir Alec Cleggs leadership and its impact on Education Policy between 1950-1980 and identification of his ideologies that can be used to develop a sustainable model for 21st Century Higher Educational leadership in Art and Design (Joint Second Supervisor)
PhD / EdD Completion
(2013) The impact of website use on the student-lecturer relationship within higher education in Saudi Arabia
(2012) Seven Years at the Coal Face: The Retention Phenomenon through the Lens of a HEI Year Tutor
Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.