One goal of the Design and Technology Association's ITE Induction Programme is to enable new entrants to ITE to become active researchers. These web pages have been designed by Professor Eddie Norman in order to support this objective.
In his discussion of Designerly Activity and Higher Degrees Professor Bruce Archer indicates a series of steps in a characteristic project directory (p33). The first five of these are:
Step 1: Establishing the brief
Research can be commissioned, but is more commonly pursued in relation to personal goals. It might be a job requirement in either a contractual sense or simply to fulfil the role more effectively. Research Agendas can appear in many sources e.g. in conference and journal papers and publications from the government and professional associations.
Step 2: Adopt a short title
This is important for communicating your area of interest to others and filing but does not require any further explanation.
Step 3: Negotiating goal statements
If you are conducting research for the award of higher degree, then it is essential to negotiate an endpoint. University Regulations give minimum and maximum periods of registration for research degrees, and the goals agreed must be achievable within the timeframe, as well as constituting a new contribution to knowledge once successfully completed. These negotiations should take place with experienced Unversity Supervisors.
Step 4: Generating the research questions
There is too much literature and prior art available to simply read it all. It is necessary to know exactly what you are looking for and one way of achieving this is by constructing a Conceptual Map. With the conceptual map in place, it is possible to pursue a Literature Review or search of Prior Art effectively.
Step 5: Planning the enquiry
With the chief questions established and literature reviews and searches of prior art underway (secondary research evidence), then it will soon become apparent where additional primary research evidence will be needed. This will require appropriate Research Instruments to be designed and piloted.
Feedback and discussion
Research conferences and journals provide established opportunities for discussing ideas with colleagues, but one further opportunity is provided by the case studies pages. If you want to share your research brief, goal statement, conceptual map, literature review, search of prior art or the research instruments you have designed with colleagues, in order to get feedback, then there is the opportunity. However, it is worth remembering that research is both a competitive, as well as a collaborative activity, so you might want to make your intellectual capital secure before you share it. Publishing your work research is the recognised route for staking a claim.
A Research Workshop from D&T Association Conference 2010 by Professor Eddie Norman - CLICK HERE to download the PDF file.
A Research Workshop to support these webpages was run by Professor Eddie Norman in January 2008 - CLICK HERE to download the PowerPoint file.
An associated Research Poster also written by Professor Eddie Norman was published in July 2008 – CLICK HERE to download the PDF file
Links to the ITE Induction websites for other subjects - CLICK HERE