Contemporary Research in Technology Education

Helping Teachers Develop Research-informed Practice

  • P John Williams
  • David Barlex

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

About this book


This book provides an overview of contemporary postgraduate research in Technology Education, bringing recent research on technology education to the attention of teachers so that they can use the findings to inform their practice, while also informing the education research community about studies being carried out in the field of Technology Education. 

The book brings together significant international research on Technology Education by focusing on contemporary PhD theses. While the conceptual underpinnings of each research project are explained, the focus is on elaborating the findings in ways that are relevant for practitioners. The book features contributions from doctoral students who completed their research in 2013. Each chapter employs a similar structure, with a focus on what the research means for classroom teachers. The book offers a valuable resource for researchers, teachers and potential researchers, with suggestions for further study. Each chapter also includes references to the digital edition of the respective full thesis, allowing readers to consult the research in detail if necessary.


Design and Technology teachers Design and technology Education for Enterprise Educational research Enterprise education Mixed media modelling Postgraduate research Preferred pedagogical knowledge Primary Students and technology STEM education Teacher professional development Teaching technology Technology design Technology education Technology education in China Technology education in South Africa action research preparing pre-service teachers professional learning communities technological concepts

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2817-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2819-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-0327
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-0335
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