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Explorations in Technology Education Research

Helping Teachers Develop Research Informed Practice

  • P John Williams
  • David Barlex

Part of the Contemporary Issues in Technology Education book series (CITE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. P John Williams
    Pages 1-13
  3. Curriculum Content

  4. Stories of Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
  5. Planning and Pedagogy

  6. Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Greg J. Strimel
      Pages 173-191
  7. Girls and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209

About this book


This volume brings together significant international research in technology education by focusing on contemporary postgraduate research, elaborating on the findings with the aim of making the content relevant to researchers, teachers and other potential researchers in the field. The book shares with readers what the research means for classroom teachers through understanding different motivations for teaching technology in schools and observing the model of learning supported by the research. Each chapter in the book includes references to the digital edition of the respective full thesis, allowing readers to consult the research in detail if necessary.

This book continues the work done by 2017’s Contemporary Research in Technology Education by the same editors.


Educational research Design and technology Technology education STEM education Enterprise education teaching technology in schools research in technology education

Editors and affiliations

  • P John Williams
    • 1
  • David Barlex
    • 2
  1. 1.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.University of Exeter AssociateBrightonUK

About the editors

Dr David Barlex is an acknowledged leader in design & technology education, curriculum design and curriculum materials development. He taught at comprehensive schools for 15 years, achieving head of faculty positions in Science and Design & Technology before taking university positions in teacher education. He directed the Nuffield Design & Technology Project and was Educational Manager for Young Foresight. David is well known for his interest and expertise in developing curriculum materials that support pupil learning from a constructivist perspective. He uses this approach to develop young peoples’ ability to understand and critique the design decisions made by professional designers and those they make themselves in design & technology lessons. This informed the Nuffield Design & Technology publications, which have been widely used in the UK and since emulated abroad – in Russia, Sweden, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Professor P John Williams is a Professor of Education and the Director of Graduate Research at the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in STEM and technology education. Apart from Australia, he has worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries, as well as New Zealand and the United States. His current research interests include STEM, mentoring beginning teachers, PCK and electronic assessment of performance. He regularly presents at international and national conferences, consults on Technology Education in a number of countries, and is a longstanding member of eight professional associations. He is the series editor of Springer’s Contemporary Issues in Technology Education and serves on the editorial board of six professional journals. He has authored or contributed to over 240 publications, and was elected to the International Technology and Engineering Education Association’s Academy of Fellows for his contributions to the profession.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Explorations in Technology Education Research
  • Book Subtitle Helping Teachers Develop Research Informed Practice
  • Editors P John Williams
    David Barlex
  • Series Title Contemporary Issues in Technology Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Issues in Technology Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3009-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3010-0
  • Series ISSN 2510-0327
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-0335
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 49 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering/Technology Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Learning & Instruction
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