When Two Conferences Meet…Perspectives on Learning in Design and Technology Education

Steve Keirl
2011, Vol. 16, No. 3,


There is always so much to be gained from a conference
that I’m rather puzzled by those who are quick to write
them off. Perhaps they have expectations that can’t be
realised or they don’t do their homework. Some folk write
off conferences wholesale – seeing them as so much hot
air, or perks, or irrelevant. It seems to me that, at least in
education where our game must be one of continuous
reflection and improvement, they are invaluable. In the
case of Design and Technology Education, I would go
further and say that they are a necessity.

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