Graduate of Physiology, Zoology and Electronics. Postgraduate training and qualifications as a teacher specialising in science and technology. During twelve years of teaching in state-funded secondary schools, held positions of responsibility which included Head of Departments of Science and Technology, TVEI Curriculum Development Advisor and GCSE Chief Examiner.
In 1989, was appointed to Loughborough University as a Research Associate for developing in-service course for practicing teachers to deliver the new National Curriculum. This led to promotions as lecturer and senior lecturer as Programme Director for PGCE/MSc Design and Technology Initial Teacher Education. Other experience includes Ofsted Inspector, Accredited Trainer for the national Electronics in Schools Strategy, and, for the Open University, as a tutor/counsellor, external examiner and faculty advisor.
Since retirement, continues to oversee remaining students on the MSc Design Education Programme and as Learning and Teaching Advisor for the Loughborough Design School.
Principal research interests are pupil’s technological capability and the use of new technologies in teaching and learning in design education Design and Technology Education. He has published in ICT/STEM education, design education, curriculum evaluation and citizenship.
- DSP910 Teaching Design and Technology Research Project
- DSI001 Industrial Training Placement
- Mitchell A, Zanker N, Jones L and Watson E (2015), ‘London Schools Excellence Fund: Final report, Enhancing the teaching of STEM through Design and Technology (Mindsets STEM Enhancement Project)’ LSEFR1210
- Jones L, Tyrer J, & Zanker N (2013), ‘Applying Laser Cutting Techniques through Horology for Teaching Effective STEM in Design and Technology’, Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 2013, 18 (3)
- Zanker N and Owen-Jackson G (2013), ‘What Makes a Good Technology Teacher?’, in Owen-Jackson G (ed0, Debates in Design and Technology Education, Abingdon: Routledge
- Ruele V and Zanker N (2013), ‘An Investigation of the Process of Local Curriculum Implementation and Management: A Case Study of Botswana Senior Secondary School Design and Technology Curriculum’, GIDEC 2013: Design Future: Creativity, Innovation and Development, Gabarone, Botswana, 24-25 September 2013
Key areas of expertise: Curriculum design and evaluation of pedagogic practice in general education and specifically in design/technology education. Initial teacher training. Teaching of electronics and micro-controller applications in STEM education.