University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of Education

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Michael David Hall

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr. Michael Hall is a British national educated at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MA) and Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (Ph.D.). Michael is the current Director of Post Graduate Taught Programmes for the School of Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Previous Employment:

University of Seychelles - Senior Lecturer and Head of Post Graduate Studies 2015 to 2019.

City College Norwich, Further and Higher Education. Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education Mentor, and Programme Director of the Foundation Degree in Business Management

Expertise Summary

Michael has a wealth of Industrial experience in Further and Higher Education, and Leisure and Recreation Management and has been teaching for twenty-five years. His teaching specialisms include; Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Initial Teacher Training, Leadership and Management, Curriculum Development, Strategic Management, and the Teaching of Language Across the Curriculum.

As Higher education entered a time of transformation that opened new possibilities for more collaborative, dynamic, and engaging scholarship. Dr. Michael developed a range of academic and vocational programmes designed to help local and national businesses to grow their staff and overall business operations. Graduates of the MBA/BA and FDA programmes occupy many strategic and senior management positions.

During his time at the University of Seychelles as head of postgraduate studies, he responded to this changing situation by combining traditional and contemporary teaching and learning strategies in education and curriculum management.

Dr Michael has enriched all post-graduate and undergraduate education over the years by developing teaching and learning activities and innovative curriculum design. He has worked alongside many employers and stakeholders to help the organisations realize their employees' full potential and ensure organisational growth and sustainability.

These approaches are consistent with the values that animate his own academic scholarship in educational management studies.

Dr Michael was the principal author of the University of Seychelles strategic plan (2017 to 2022), Human resource policies, and practice charter, and chaired the planning and resources committee.

Research Summary

I am currently examining the potential need for the up-skilling of practicing, but unqualified teachers. My research involves a review of the current provision of initial Teacher Education in the… read more

Current Research

I am currently examining the potential need for the up-skilling of practicing, but unqualified teachers. My research involves a review of the current provision of initial Teacher Education in the Private Sector of Schools and skill analysis.

I am also planning to review the management skills of school leaders, The current academic focus is on the leadership traits of School Principals, often omitting the value of management skills. My research will examine the day-to-day management skills of senior and middle school leaders.

Past Research

My thesis develops and tests several theoretical propositions about the changing Identity and their unique organisational characteristics. Because suitable quantitative data on teacher development ventures have not previously been developed, I identified and tracked a sample of several hundred ventures to build a longitudinal study that integrates interviews, surveys and archival data. Interviews with a sub-sample allowed me to identify key constructs. I then used multiple surveys with the same ventures over time to form the core of a two-year database that grows annually with each additional cohort of applicants of new entrants to the teaching profession.

Potential benefits of leadership roles include the capacity to assemble new combinations of resources, generate creative frictions, and flexibly respond to complex, dynamic environments. However, pressures to conform to not one, but multiple, organisational forms give rise to organisational tension and instability. Building on previous theories from institutional sociology, I argue current models of teacher leadership and development will face challenges including inattention or miscategorization on the part of resource providers, as well as internal ambivalence and uncertainty resulting from the presence of multiple organisational goals.

Empirical analyses confirm the significant consequences of these institutional pressures on the development of upskilled teachers and trainers. Comparing the progress of a sample group of new teachers to that of traditionally trained teachers, I find evidence existing teachers are less successful on several measures of organisational viability, including personal resilience and adaptation to change.

This finding raises further questions about teacher leaders might successfully navigate these pressures, thereby enabling access to the benefits of upskilling between multiple forms. I propose that the extent to which educational organisations and social goals are advanced through shared, rather than separate, practices (i.e., practice integration) may mitigate the obstacles that educational institutions' face.

Future Research

I plan to continue my research on the ventures by Educational Institutions by exploring a range of questions: what is the long-term performance of new teachers in developing new ventures and developing students' creativity. ? Do ventures tend to experience "mission drift" that compromises the nature of the programme over time?

I also plan to continue to study the effects of COVID19 on educational leadership and school development. Within this subject, I examine the concepts of leadership within the new normal and the ways school and college principals have adapted. I will examine Ideas about the use of business models in schools to pursue social goals via education that have generated significant excitement among scholars and practitioners alike. My research attempts to advance understanding of these issues in two different, but ultimately complementary contexts. In my future research, I intend to continue to develop our knowledge about these two organisational phenomena - and the links between them - with the goal of contributing to organisation theory and practice.

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