David is an acknowledged leader in design & technology education, curriculum design and curriculum materials development. He taught in 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 emulated abroad – Russia, Sweden, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
Torben is a freelance consultant in education, with research and curriculum development interests that include the interactions between D&T, Computing, ICT, Science, Mathematics and Engineering and, within D&T, programmable systems, systems thinking, electronics and communications technologies, novel technologies, disruptive technologies and the implications of the maker and hacker movements for education.
He is a member of the editorial board for the D&TA’s ‘D&T Education; An International Journal’, a founder editor of the on-line journal ‘ECT Education’ and a Fellow of the RSA.
He has provided advice, curriculum development and CPD activity to a wide range of organisations and is the author of a range of general and academic publications.
He is an active participant in Manchester’s maker community and since 2012 has been an organiser of the Manchester Maker Faire/MakeFest.
Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Exeter Graduate School of Education. He taught in several comprehensive schools- becoming head of design & technology – and subsequently established a design & technology department from scratch in a Sixth Form College.
Since moving into university-based initial teacher education, he has taught undergraduate and postgraduate design & technology trainee teachers, led an undergraduate teacher education programme and a postgraduate design & technology teacher education course. He has also been an author and a field officer for the Nuffield Design & Technology Project.
His research interests include curriculum development in design & technology, inclusivity within education and, most recently, approaches to teaching about ‘disruptive’ technologies.
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