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Using and producing design and technology education research

Atkinson, Stephanie (2020) Using and producing design and technology education research. In: Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School (4th Edition). Routledge. ISBN 9780367336813

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This chapter sets out to inform and encourage D&T Teachers to carry out small-scale research studies to benefit them both personally and professionally by providing them with relevant knowledge and information to support such activities. It begins by explaining the rationale for why research should form part of every teacher’s professional development. It also provides an introduction to existing D&T research and other research in wider but appropriate fields and details action research and the cycle of inquiry involved . It also describes information on how to plan such small-scale research studies in D&T classrooms.

A section on why teachers should then go on to publish their research is presented including a description of some key journals and conferences in the field of D&T that can support the development of their research. The penultimate section of the chapter provides details of two existing examples from D&T teachers who have carried out and successfully published their own research, with the intention of encouraging the reader to believe that carrying out and publishing research is not outside their capability. The summary then highlights the key messages provided in the chapter.

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Depositing User: Leah Maughan


Item ID: 12582
ISBN: 9780367336813
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 13:16
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 17:07


Author: Stephanie Atkinson ORCID iD

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Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education

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