I am a Lecturer in Professional Education leading modules across the innovative MSc Professional Education and Leadership programme.
Graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 1991 has inspired an interdisciplinary career across art, research and education: teaching art and design in Glasgow schools; researching studio-based pedagogies of art schools in Iceland, Estonia, Hungary and the United Kingdom (EU-funded Project Knowhow); setting up the consultancy Blackspark and leading national collaborative projects with visual arts and education organisations.
Through my doctoral research (titled 'Precarious Practices: Artists, Work and Knowing-in-Practice') I developed an innovative arts-based methodology for the study of practices.
Vice President Secretary Visual Sociology Research Committee of the International Sociological Association
General Teaching Council Scotland The General Teaching Council for Scotland
My interdisciplinary research explores arts-based methods for the sociomaterial study of professional practices, education and learning. I continue to work on the arts-based visual methodology Integrated Imagework through a combined programme of writing for publication and exhibitions. My research interests also explore academic writing practices and how to visualise the professional learning within these practices.
With colleagues in Professional Education and Leadership I have been exploring the effects of policy changes in teacher professional learning; the impact of research-informed collaboration on teacher professional learning; and curriculum development through collaborative professional enquiry.
Watson C & Michael MK (2016) Translations of policy and shifting demands of teacher professionalism: from CPD to professional learning. Journal of Education Policy, 31 (3), pp. 259-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2015.1092053
Drew V, Priestley M & Michael MK (2016) Curriculum Development Through Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry. Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 1 (1), pp. 92-106. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdf/10.1108/JPCC-09-2015-0006; https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-09-2015-0006
Fenwick T, Doyle S, Michael MK & Scoles J (2015) Matters of Learning and Education: Sociomaterial approaches in ethnographic research. In: Bollig S, Honig M, Neumann S & Seele C (eds.) MultiPluriTrans in Educational Ethnography: Approaching the Multimodality, Plurality and Translocality of Educational Realities. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag/Columbia University Press, pp. 141-162. http://cup.columbia.edu/book/multipluritrans-in-educational-ethnography/9783837627725
Michael MK (2014) ArtHunter - Research Report: Mobilising new experiences for museum staff and visitors’. Digitial R&D Fund for the Arts. http://artsdigitalrnd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CReATeS_ResearchReport_NationalGalleriesScotland.pdf
Michael MK & Munday I (2014) Material and Aesthetic Tensions Within Arts-Based Educational Research: Drawing Woodpaths. In: Smeyers P & Dapaepe M (eds.) Educational Research: Material Culture and its representation. Educational Research, 8. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 145-162. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-03083-8_10
Squires C, Eikhof DR, Fenwick T, Ray Murray P, Grindle M, Millar F, Mackenzie N, Michael MK, Berridge S, Beech N, Greig G & Carter S (2012) CReATeS - Consortium for Research into Arts and Technology in Scotland. 2012. http://www.creates.stir.ac.uk/
Michael MK (2011) An Image of Possibility: Illustrating a Pedagogic Encounter with Culture. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 30 (3), pp. 340-348. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2011.01727.x
Michael MK (2009) Doors to Knowhow: Art-Based Research Practice in Pedagogical Inquiry. In: Blenkinsop S (ed.) The Imagination in Education: Extending the Boundaries in Theory and Practice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 112-128. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-imagination-in-education-14
Michael MK (2007) About KNOWHOW: Studio Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Cumbria: Unipress. http://rafhladan.is/handle/10802/9303
I coordinate a range of modules across the masters programme MSc in Professional Education and Leadership. These modules are designed to support practitioners critically engage with contemporary practices and policies in education and they incorporate visual and art-based teaching/learning into online, self-study and face-to-face seminar activities.
I supervise doctoral students with interests in creative education; arts-based research methodologies; professional practices; and sociomaterial approaches to education and research.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Higher Education Academy