First National Conference on Design and Technology Education Research and Curriculum Development (DATER 88)

John S. Smith
1988, Vol. 20, No. 3,


The first National Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development was organised by, and held in, the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University of Technology on the 15th-16th April 1988. Judging by the comments during the conference and correspondence since, it was seen as a very important initiative and very successful first conference.

This brief article outlines the author's reasons for mounting this major new initiative, its structure and discusses the initial proposals received so far and plans for the future.

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