The development of a design and technology active research culture at Edge Hill

Christopher Hughes
2001, Vol. 6, No. 3,


A school based or similar research project forms a major component of the design and technology undergraduate teacher training course at Edge Hill. The research is central to the dissertation module; the structure of which has recently been changed to reflect its importance in enhancing the trainees' understanding of educational issues. The new module consists of two parts. Firstly, an introduction into research practice including experimental design, devising a methodology and data analysis. The second is a research project where trainees make use of the range of skills learnt. Trainees are encouraged to use a wide range of data collection methods including cases studies, taped interviews, observational research, questionnaire methods and structured interviews. A comparative approach is now being used for many of the studies. This allows one or more sets of data to be objectively compared so that common trends can be identified. This is useful in the case of international comparative research whereby best practices in design and technology can be assessed. This paper will briefly describe the research structure at Edge Hill and discuss the rationale of the approach. It discusses the importance of active and comparative research in terms of their relevance to the expansion of the research base. Three short examples of rese

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