10th DATTArc, 2018

Swinburne University of Technology

December 5, 2018 – December 8, 2018

IMAGE: Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre,

  • Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus, Victoria, Australia.

    Fostering applied design led innovation capabilities: how do we know we are doing it better than any other subject?

    Many people have asked how Design and Technology Education researchers are able to conceptualise and organise their diverse research interests for this and future DATTArc papers?

    Continuing the 18 years of research tradition championed by Associate Professor Howard Middleton in 2000 at Griffith University, Technology Education Research Unit (TERU), the Biennial International Design and Technology Teacher’s Association Research Conference (DATTArc) is extensively led and managed by the academic community. Together, they allow educational researchers from an internationally diverse background of disciplines to advance understanding of how societies frame, teach and critique the education of citizens in Design, Technology and related fields of Innovation Development.  

    While in-service school teachers deliver Design and Technology related curriculum from the early years to year 12, the DATTArc focusses on the future of the field, critiques its assumptions, and directs its investigative efforts to continually foster a sustainable and democratic education.

    In December 2018 at Swinburne University Technology, sponsored by the Centre for Design Innovation, our theme concentrates on the role Design plays in fostering and developing human ingenuity and innovation capabilities.  This research is typically a multi-disciplinary effort, often drawing upon ‘play based’ and ‘project based’ learning in order to develop the educated citizen.  In this and future DATTArc you will see papers that articulate research:
    • For design and technology education: fundamental discovery research
    • Through design and technology education: insights from action research in the ‘classroom’, the ‘staff room’ and the ‘initial teacher education’ contexts.
    • About design and technology education: philosophy, history, theory, ethics, and politics and policy research.
    • With design and technology education: as a participating subject working across curriculum and organisational domains, in collaborative research.
    There is much to build and critique in new knowledge and understanding for this area of educational research.  In this and all DATTArc conferences we invite research that seeks to reduce ignorance and improve the capabilities of citizens to understand, develop a capacity for informed judgements about, and be engaged agents of innovation, creativity, and critique of the made-world about them.


    Meet the leading speakers at DATTArc 2018

    Chair of the DATTArc Review Board
    Prof. P John Williams

    Prof. Williams is Professor of Education and the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in STEM and technology education.  He is on the editorial board of seven professional journals, and has authored or contributed to over 240 publications. He has chaired the paper review process for four prior conferences.

    Welcome address - Swinburne University of Technology
    Professor Hung Nguyen

    We are very honoured to announce that the DATTArc will be opened by  Professor Hung Nguyen, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology at Swinburne University of Technology. With strong research interests in the contribution of design thinking, and design Innovation , Prof. Nguyen has an end to end expertise in biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience.  He has developed several medical devices for diabetes, disability, fatigue, and cardiovascular diseases.

    International keynote
    Dr. Eva Hartell of Sweden

    Dr. Hartell represents that new breed of design led innovation educators emerging in our field.  Speaking to the topic of  Assuring the future for Design and Technology by embedding classroom formative assessment , Eva will share her research on affordance in assessment. In 2015, her PhD thesis was among the top 10 read in Sweden. She is currently working with the municipality of Haninge and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She was appointed the title lektorby the Swedish National Agency for Education in 2013.

    Design Innovation Keynote
    Assoc. Prof. Kurt Seemann

    Kurt is the Founding Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) . He will share insights of his new project on developmentally appropriate innovation education. Kurt investigates the relationship between people, technology and the environment as a complex, mutually influencing system. He held the distinguished position of DATTA Victoria's  Thinker Online , is a Board Member of DATTA Australia, and has led many successful competitive research projects from ARC and CRC, to Industry Innovations.

    No ordinary dinner night!
    Professor David Spendlove

    We are pleased to share that  Professor David Spendlove , Director of Teaching, Learning and Students / Strategic Director of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Manchester will share his provocative ideas on Technology Education: no ordinary story, definitely worth a dinner ticket!

    Keynote and Polymath 
    Maddison Miller, Darug woman and archaeologist

    When it comes to design led innovation and sustainable ingenuity, there is much to learn from the world's oldest living culture. Maddison is a Darug woman and archaeologist at  Heritage Victoria. Maddi advocates for broader acceptance and incorporation of Aboriginal knowledge systems in design, urban research and architecture. Maddi is the co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub of the National Environmental Science Program.

    Steve Keirl, Reader at Goldsmiths, University of London: Conference Provocateur of international repute.

    Steve Keirl staunchly advocates Design and Technology as key to general education.  He staunchly resists STEM.  He collects washing-up brushes.  Steve will float through the research conference presentations and provide critique to assure the big and key issues of the event have us all taking pause to place serious attention to what we are doing versus what we need to do, and what we ought avoid.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, keynote screening of Designing Change.

    Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer,  UNEP Champion of the Earth , sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her  mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, enabling positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking
    Peter Murphy, will address The Future of Design and Technology Education

    Peter Murphy trained as an Industrial Designer in the UK.  He worked for retail designers Dollar Rae and also co-founded the design consultancy Go 90 in Glasgow.  He was part of the 2011 Product Design & Technology VCE review panel, has published teacher support material for VCE Unit 1 PD&T and is the creator of  So You Think You Can Design. Peter has also been part of the VCAA expert panel charged with reviewing and trialling the national curriculum for Design and Technology. Peter served as President of DATTA Vic in 2015 and 2016 where he helped to develop  Design and Technology Week . He is currently president of DATTA Australia.




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