Held in conjunction with the 3rd DATTA National Conference

Hosted by DATTA South Australia & the University of South Australia

Creating contexts for learning in Technology Education

November 30th to December 3rd, 2016

Keynote speakers:

Emeritus Professor Alan Reid, University of South Australia

Professor Kay Stables, Goldsmiths, London University

Dr. Leanna Read, South Australian Chief Scientist


Venue: University of South Australia, Magill Campus



Productive learning environments in technology or design and technology (TDT) education classrooms are characterized by a suitable combination of practical learning activities, an understanding of theoretical knowledge and an emphasis on innovation in both how learning occurs and the kinds of projects students undertake to achieve that learning.

In one real and paradoxical sense, the success of good learning in TDT classrooms, can be said to be the result of the lack of emphasis on learning on the part of students.  Students don’t generally come to class with the expectation of learning something (but of course they do), they come with the expectation of exploring, designing and creating something that is personally meaningful. We know from research that these learning environments do develop students’ creative and innovative capacity and the capacity to solve problems. However, there are many aspects of these learning environments that have yet to be researched. The unique nature of TDT learning environments have sometimes made it necessary to establish the kinds of data required and the best methods for collecting them. Presentations on all of the above issues are relevant to the conference.

The conference organising committee therefore invites papers that address aspects of teaching and learning in technology education concerned with the theme of the conference.  While papers addressing the conference theme are particularly welcome, authors are invited to submit research papers addressing any topic relevant to TDT education.Delegates will come from a wide range of TDT education stakeholders – teacher educators, teachers, researchers, post-graduate students, policy makers, curriculum developers, consultants, and members of the broader educational community.

As with past TERC/DATTA conferences, delegates will be free to attend any session from the 2 co-located conferences, providing the opportunity for teachers to catch up on research without having to commit to a specific research conference and researchers to listen to presentations on practice.  It also provides researchers with a perfect opportunity to disseminate research to a wider audience

All TERC papers accepted for the conference will be peer reviewed and published in hard copy prior to the conference. A separate call for presentations will be distributed for DATTA presentations.

For further information about the conference contact

Howard Middleton at: terconf2016@gmail.com

Please send abstracts of less than 200 words to Howard Middleton by April 4, 2016 or, to be placed on the e-mail list for information about the conference atterconf2016@gmail.com

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