Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Design Education Research Group


Key interests

Action research in secondary and higher education

It is widely recognised that action research is the key route through which design education in general education in the UK emerged to its world-leading position.

This form of research was pursued in the PhD research programme recently successfully completed by Michael Thomas in his exploration of the unexpectedly high achievement levels in design and technology of otherwise disaffected students in his school.

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Modelling and designing

Modelling has been central to the work of the DERG from its beginnings and the new book by Professor Ken Baynes provides the opportunity to revisit these vital areas.

The book's title - 'Models of change: the impact of 'designerly thinking' on people's lives and the environment' - reflects the fundamental importance of modelling to human futures.

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Design and science teacher education

Research relating to teacher education is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the DERG's activities. The DERG has always supported research being carried out by practicing teachers, but this is becoming an ever more important aspect of our research.

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Sustainable design education

Sustainable design was first introduced into the Department's curriculum in 2000 with the help of and whilst they were in the International Ecotechnology Research Centre at Cranfield University.

Since they joined the Department of Design and Technology in 2003, the Department's interests in Sustainable Design have grown to be much wider than its own curricula.

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Technology mediated learning

The Internet is becoming an ever more important resource for teaching and learning in design and technology education. This is reflected in a research project which began in 2005 concerning the effectiveness of websites, particularly those concerning sustainable design decisions.

It is also a key aspect of Gisli Thorsteinsson's research 'Using a virtual reality learning environment to support the ideation process in the context of Innovation Education in Iceland: an action research project'.

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