Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

In Autumn 1967 a modest journal entitled Studies in Education and Craft was born. Like many other journals before and since it was initiated with a strong sense of purpose but with little publishing expertise. It appeared at a time when the old order of manual training and handicraft in woodwork and metalwork was beginning to experience new and exciting opportunities: when specialist teachers up and down the country - and beyond - were beginning to ask in the school workshop could make a fuller contribution to the developing new curricula of secondary schools. Inspired by Nuffield Science and a range of other projects, schools were becoming more concerned with creativity, originality, imagination and initiative rather than with repetitive performances, rite learning and remembering. These of course were changes which were closely related to the dramatic changes that were occurring in the labour market throughout the Western world in the late 1960’s. Two major initiatives had been launched to put change in motion. One was the attempt to add technology to the school curriculum which took place through the Schools Council Project Technology. Inspired by Don Porters’  seminal pamphlet Schools Technology, this project was directed by Geoffrey Harrison based at Loughborough University and subsequently established at the National Centre for Schools Technology at Trent Polytechnic. The second was the Design and Craft Project, also funded by the Schools Council based firstly at Leicester University and then at Keele University and directed by the Editor. This project was intended not so much to introduce a new subject but rather to build upon the handicraft tradition by developing new design based, problem solving approaches in a wide range of areas of human activity using practical experience not only as an end in itself but as a means to initiate creative thinking and experience. The response to the Design and Craft project, like that of Project Technology was strong and supportive. Teacher, advisers, lectures and inspectors across the country quickly became involved and it was soon clear that a means of communication was needed so that the ideas that were being developed in many schools and colleges could be exchanged, discussed and taken forward. At first this was done by an in-house journal of the project called Survey, which ran to eleven issues. But I was also clear that a more permanent journal was needed which could be independent of the project and so continue to develop the ideas of the project after its completion such a journal would also be able to carry news of a far wider spectrum of activities than those specific to the project.  Initial response to the idea was encouraging and a small editorial team put the first issue together. The problem of publishing was happily solved when the then College of Craft Education (part of the institute of Handicraft Teachers which later was to become the Educational Institute of Design Craft & Technology) decided to start up a rather more ambitious professional and academic journal than Practical Education and School Crafts, which the Institute published monthly. The College adopted the journal and published it under the appropriate title of Studies in Education and Craft. It also provided a Business Manager, Jim Wrigley, who distributed copies and managed the subscriptions. Sadly Jim’s death earlier this year occurred before he could read this anniversary volume. However, after two years the College felt it could no longer provide the pump priming funds to pay for the still unviable magazine and despite the unflagging support of its Dean, Dr. Westergaard, then Principal of Shoreditch College, it sadly relinquished its role.  Happily, Jim Wrigley was willing to continue as publisher and his wife Sybil joined in the enterprise. Our confidence in the magazine was so great that, with colleagues, we were able to find ways to continue to fund the publication and, with much effort, we managed to bring the circulation to near break-even point. The finances were greatly helped by the establishment of Nafferton Books, based at the Wrigley’s home in Nafferton, from which we published several academically and financially successful textbooks which brought in funds to sustain publication.  By 1977 Nafferton Books had established its identity as a publisher and Studies in Design Education and Craft as it had the become was self sustaining and ye in urgent need of further development. With mutual agreement the opportunity was taken to separate it from Nafferton Books and undertake major improvements in design and size. The new style format was an immediate success and publication was taken over by Barbara Wiggins at Trentham, Stoke on Trent. A new publishing enterprise was established to support activities which was called, predictably, Trentham Books. This Company has gone on to launch two other successful journals and a range of books in education. All the process of the Company are retained to develop its publications; no profits or dividends are distributed. By now the subject area had achieved a major change of identity and led by HMI had become known as Craft Design and Technology – a change to which Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology had played a major role. To reaffirm its position of leadership in the field – established since the very early issues – the name of the journal was once again changed in 1978 to its present title of Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology. The opportunity to shorten the title was very attractive and explored actively, but unfortunately the conventions of indexing and library usage made it difficult to abandon the by now cumbersome first words of the title. We found we had little choice but to adopt a lengthy title with its inherent design and recall problems. A further change occurred in 1986 when after much hesitation the number of issues each year was increased from two to three. This had become inevitable for two reasons; firstly the pace of change in the subject area meant that it was no longer possible to hold back articles and news for up to six months before publication, secondly the pressure of important, publishable material was too great to be accommodated in only two issues a year. By John Eggleston, published in The 20th Anniversary Volume of Studies in Design Education Craft & Technology, Spring 1988


Section Policies

Journal Board

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Publisher's Announcement

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Peer Review Process

Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology was published between 1968 - 1988.

If you would like to submit a research paper or a review on an existing article to be considered for publishing, please refer to the following link;


Submissions will be considered for publication in Design and Technology Education: An international journal. Alternatively, please direct any queries about submissions and reviews to Neil Whitton (neil.whitton@data.org.uk).


Publication Frequency

Studies in Design Education Craft & Technology was published twice yearly (Winter and Spring) until 1986, when the number of publications made per year was increased to three.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Studies in Design Education Craft & Technology

The journal is designed to focus attention on developments in the whole field of design and craft education ranging from art through the crafts to applied science and technology. It pays particular attention to case studies of new approaches in schools and colleges written by the teachers and tutors undertaking them. A selection of the growing number of important researches and studies in design education is an important feature of the journal as is the review of all important new literature.