Design Education Research Group
The Design Education Research Group's key interests are:
- Action research in secondary and higher education
- Modelling and designing
- Design and Science teacher education
- Sustainable design education
- Technology mediated learning
These reflect current research agendas in general and higher education and the expertise of current academic staff. Members of the DERG undertake, publish, and supervise research in these areas.
Past publications and publication opportunities can be accessed via the archives.
On-going research discussions take place through IDATER Online.
The DERG seeks to collaborate with other Research Groups and Centres located both within and outside the Loughborough Design School.
These interests are also reflected in:
Recent projects have included: the development of the research infrastructure to support teacher researchers in design and technology (in partnership with the D&T Association); the creation and development of support materials for CAD/CAM, and the design and development of the Sustainable Design Awards (led by Practical Action, formally ITDG).
The work of this Group impacts on curriculum content, pedagogy, and institutional management structures (eg the D&T Association, the Crafts Council, and the Royal Academy of Engineering).
The Group's research focus includes the nature, philosophy and culture of design, including cognitive modelling, design knowledge, design intelligence, the relationship of design and science (technology), modelling and design decision making (methods).
There are also some current IDATER online developments.
The department and staff
The DERG has been operating within the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University since the 1980s.
It was substantially strengthened when Professor Phil Roberts and Professor Ken Baynes joined the Department, bringing with them their wealth of experience gained at the Design Education Unit at the RCA (Royal College of Art) in the 1970s and early 1980s.
It was further strengthened in the area of sustainable design education when Dr Tracy Bhamra and Dr Vicky Lofthouse joined the Department from Cranfield University.
Such strengthening of the Department's academic staff has significantly influenced the theoretical underpinning and culture of the DERG from its roots and traditions centred on research supporting the act designing - the heart of the Design School's work.
The DERG archive embodies much of its past work. The content of this is indicated below, and further details are given under publications.
Specific web pages contains brief descriptions of current key interests and if you would like to be part of the DERG and undertake research in any of the areas, please contact any member of the group or Professor Eddie Norman, if you are unsure who to contact.
DERG Archive - Overview
The DERG archive has three elements:
This is the International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development and was held in the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University each year from 1988-2001.
The IDATER archive has about 400 papers and Keynote Addresses from this period, which was one of the most exciting in the emergence of design and technology in the educational arena.
The Orange Series
The NADE Archive
From 1992-2002 the Journal of the National Association for Design Education (NADE) was edited and published by Nigel Zanker. During this period, the NADE Journal evolved into a refereed journal, attracting papers from educational practitioners and researchers who shared a common concern about the status of designerly activity in school-practice driven by the National Curriculum.
NADE members played a part in influencing Government policy through their response to statutory consultation on curriculum reform.
The Design and Technology Association Archives
The Design and Technology Association archive has two elements:
The Design and Technology Association Conference Archives have research papers presented at D&T Association Conferences (2000 onwards). In 2001 IDATER went online and The D&T Association took over the stewardship of the annual research conference. All the papers which have been presented can be searched and freely downloaded directly from the archive or via the online hub www.dater.org.uk.
The Design and Technology Association Journals can now 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) are available as well as earlier versions eg The Journal of Design and Technology Education (1996-2004), Design and Technology Teaching (1989 - 1995) and Studies in Design Education, Craft and Technology (1970-1988). The papers can be searched and are freely downloaded via the online hub www.dater.org.uk.
We welcome members of staff from universities in the UK or overseas, who would like to contribute to the continued development of understanding in design and technology education (see Alexandros Mettas, Aede Hatib Musta'amal, Sarah Pulé, Gisli Thorsteinsson on Doctoral Research Projects).
We also have a strong tradition of supporting action research, and particularly welcome teachers who would like to engage in this form of research. Find out more about our key interests and publications.