Research

Practice informed by high quality research is essential for the future of the subject. The D&T Association runs a range of research initiatives.

Research

Each year The Design & Technology Association allocates a proportion of its financial reserves specifically to support research in the field of Design and Technology. This support is manifested in a variety of initiatives. Since 2000, The Design & Technology Association Conferences have included an opportunity for research professionals from institutions throughout the world to meet and present their latest work. These provide an excellent resource for students, scholars and academics. All conference proceedings have been published and all papers, posters and related resources are available through our online portal.

This dater website serves as a portal for design and technology action research and provides teachers, research students, teacher trainers and all those interested in research to do with D&T. Access to research material is available on the Loughborough University open access data repository.  It contains a substantial number of papers dating back to the 1960s an includes all past papers from the Association’s Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, The Design and Technology Asociation’s International Research conferences and all IDATER conference papers.

D&T Association's own research

The comprehensive annual survey of Design and Technology education in schools and colleges, the Survey of Provision for Design and Technology is published annually by the D&T Association and contains detailed information on staffing, funding, resources, professional development, the curriculum, inspection and management through all phases of education.

Research Papers

A variety of research papers have been published by the D&T Association including:

  • Minimum Competencies for Students to Teach Design and Technology in Secondary Schools (RP4)
  • Guidance for Foundation and Primary Phases Initial Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development in Design and Technology (RP 7)

Available from the D&T Resource Shop

Design and Technology Education: An International Journal

The Journal has been published three times a year since 1997, providing a wide range of leading research into Design and Technology to D&T Association members. To accommodate and reflect the changing face of modern Design and Technology education.

For further information on any D&T Association research initiatives, please e-mail editor@data.org.uk

The journal is now published online as well as in hard copy, and can be found on Loughborough University's OJS (Open Journal Systems) server . All the papers published in Design and Technology Education: an International Journal (2005 onwards) and those published in earlier versions eg The Journal of Design and Technology Education (1996-2004) , Design &Technology Teaching (1989 - 1995) and Studies in Design, Craft and Technology (1970-1988) can be searched and freely downloaded either from the OJS server or via the online hub www.dater.org.uk

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