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  • 1.
    Buckley, Jeffrey
    et al.
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Hartell, Eva
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Adaptive comparative judgement: A mechanism to enrich and enhance assessment practices to support teaching and learning2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Canty, Donal
    et al.
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning. Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland.
    Hartell, Eva
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Doyle, Andrew
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
    Integrating Peer Assessment in Technology Education through Adaptive Comparative Judgment2017In: PATT34: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Advocates of assessment ‘for’ learning argue for its use as a diagnostic tool to support direct and meaningful feedback in a way that is a pedagogical feed-forward.  Implementations and interpretations of assessment for learning have begun to push the boundaries of educational transactions to actively include the learner in the process of assessment (Black & Wiliam, 1998; Orsmond, Merry, & Reiling, 2000; Sadler, 2009; Yorke, 2003).  Critically, assessment ‘as’ learning encourages self and peer appraisal as a self-regulatory act.

    With design and technology education requiring a disposition of enquiry and critique it is critically important that appraisal as a self-regulatory act is developed as a central element of practice. Recognising the impact assessment has on shaping the learning experience (Orsmond et al., 2000), the role and position of the student in assessment activities becomes increasingly important when the outcomes of learning are value laden. The goal is to lead students away from uncritical indoctrination in the technology education discipline to a space where they can conceive and imagine the subject for what it should be. This study looks at how assessment practise can be augmented to support ITTE (Initial Technology Teacher Education) students in developing a disposition appropriate to the goals of technology education.

    This study utilised the Adaptive Comparative Judgment (ACJ) method of assessment (Kimbell, 2008) as the medium for the integration of peer assessment in a Technology based ITTE programme. Students (n= 136) presented their own conception of capability through an e-portfolio and holistically assessed the work of their peers using non-explicit assessment criteria.

    This paper presents the findings from a study that implemented a student-centred approach to assessment in design and technology education. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were employed to evaluate the impact of the initiative on student behaviour, values and capability. Results present student reactions to holistic peer assessment and examine the impact that the integration of the assessment method had on student learning.

  • 3.
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Review of: Re-examining Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Science Education2018In: Australasian Journal of Technology Education, ISSN 2382-2007, Vol. 5Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Doyle, Andrew
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning. University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM). University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    Canty, Donal
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    Exploring the relationship between technology teachers orientations towards teaching and their associated professional life phases2016In: PATT-32 Proceedings: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills / [ed] de Vries, Marc J; Bekker-Holtland, Arien; and van Dijk, Gerald, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2016, p. 141-149Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is widely agreed that developed pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is a knowledge base unique to teachers. Therefore, the successful development of a teacher can be evaluated in terms of an evolved PCK. However, research has shown that teachers in later professional life phases (PLP’s) are at a greater risk of being less effective (Day & Gu, 2007). Given that the rational and grade point-orientated nature of the Irish education system hinders the development of an integrated pedagogy (Commission on the Points System, 1999; Hennessy, Hinchion, & Mcnamara, 2011), this paper explores the relationship between technology teachers’ PLP and their orientations towards teaching as a critical construct of PCK.The study cohort consisted of practicing technology teachers (n=9) ranging in experience from 4 to 31 years of classroom practice. An interpretive research methodology was employed whereby participants were involved in semi-structured interviews focused on eliciting an understanding of participants’ knowledge and beliefs around the purposes and goals of teaching technology. The findings suggest that technology teachers’ orientation towards teaching varies as teachers’ progress through their teaching career. It emerged that participants in earlier PLP’s are more likely to display a pupil-centred orientation towards teaching whereas teachers in later PLP’s are inclined to adopt transmission pedagogies suggesting a teacher-centred orientation towards teaching.

  • 5.
    Doyle, Andrew
    et al.
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Canty, Donal
    Buckley, Jeffrey
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Agendas, influences, and capability: Perspectives on practice in design and technology education2017In: International journal of technology and design education, ISSN 0957-7572, E-ISSN 1573-1804Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A philosophical shift in policy now situates the development of technological capability as the focus of Irish technology education. Internationally, the effectiveness of curricular reform in the discipline has previously been called to question, as the legacy of the preceding vocational craft subjects has been seen to throttle the evolution of practice in aligning with emergent policy. As Irish technology education shares this vocational heritage, this research seeks to explore the effectiveness of policy change through an investigation of current practices in the discipline. Specifically, this research seeks to explore the alignment of teachers’ perceptions of practice in terms of the focus of learning activities and educational outcomes as prescribed by curricula. A methodological framework was developed to explore teachers’ (n = 15) perceptions, ecologically rooted in the tasks and activities they use to teach in their classrooms. The results suggest a misalignment between what teachers conceive as important to the discipline, and their enacted practices. The paper unpacks the contentions surrounding this misalignment and discusses factors which appear to influence teachers’ perceptions, forming a greater understanding of what influences practice in the discipline.

  • 6. Doyle, Andrew
    et al.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning. Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland..
    Canty, Donal
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    McGuiness, John
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    Professional Continuity: Investigating the Alignment of Technology Teachers’ Internal Capability Constructs2017In: In Proceedings of the Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT-34) Conference: Technology & Engineering Education - Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around the Globe. 10-14th July, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA., 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In contemporary education, teachers’ epistemological beliefs governing what and how to teach are important due to their influence on practice, pedagogy, assessment, and the learner. Teachers’ beliefs are perhaps of more significance in technology education as defining clear subject boundaries regarding ‘what to teach’ has traditionally proven difficult. Despite this, there are recognisable practices, processes and outputs that are considered of value to the learner. This research sets out to explore the level of professional continuity among educators regarding such outputs in technology education.

    Initial data collection involved the generation of authentic evidence in response to an open design task. Participants were sought from five schools across Ireland. The cohort consisted of first- and second-year technology education pupils (n=64) in post-primary education. Following this, technology teachers (n=27) were engaged in the holistic assessment of pupil work utilising the Adaptive Comparative Judgment (ACJ) method. The ACJ method relies on a series of binary judgments between two pieces of evidence, effectively producing a rank order of evidence.

    In alignment with previous studies utilising the ACJ method, teachers generated very high levels of reliability when tasked with the adjudication of pupil work, despite the lack of assessment criteria. This suggests an implicit understanding of capability among teachers, irrespective of variables such as culture, context or curricula. Interestingly however, not all teachers engaged in judgements agreed consensually. Taking cognisance of this, an analysis of constructs of capability highlighted five criteria that governed teachers’ adjudication on portfolios. The significance of these criteria and the continuity between teachers’ constructs of capability is discussed.  

  • 7.
    Doyle, Andrew
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning. Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland..
    Gumaelius, Lena
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Operationalising pedagogical content knowledge research in technology education: Considerations for methodological approaches to exploring enacted practice2019In: British Educational Research Journal, ISSN 0141-1926, E-ISSN 1469-3518Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Like many areas of curricula internationally, technology education has encountered difficulties in achieving continuity between the rhetoric of prevailing policy and the reality of enacted practices. In technology education, the conceptually oriented nature of curricular goals is theorised to play a significant part in influencing this relationship. One way in which investigations of this relationship have been approached is considering the application of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) frameworks as a mechanism to understand the interaction of teachers’ knowledge and enacted practices. However, understanding from the philosophy of technology, and the technology education literature, suggests that technology education treats knowledge differently to many other disciplines. As a result of this, the interactions between teachers’ beliefs and knowledge are theorised to play a more significant role in influencing enacted practice in technology education. Building on this perspective, this article considers the need to investigate the roles of teachers’ knowledge and beliefs, and the interactions between these, in the investigation of enacted practice. Further to this, the article problematises the potential for a dominance of exploratory research, though acknowledging the need for research within different paradigms; a common frame of reference is advocated. In advocating a more holistic approach to investigating enacted practice, and the factors which may influence teachers’ enactment of teaching practice, it is envisioned that this article takes a step towards methodological coherence regarding the study of enacted practice in technology education.

  • 8.
    Doyle, Andrew
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning. Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland..
    Gumaelius, Lena
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Canty, Donal
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland..
    Hartell, Eva
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Reconceptualising PCK research in D&T education:proposing a methodological framework to investigateenacted practice2018In: International journal of technology and design education, ISSN 0957-7572, E-ISSN 1573-1804Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since first conceived, the concept of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) hasattracted much attention. Despite being lauded by educationalists as the unique knowledgebase of teachers, research on the concept over the past 30 years has yet to result in a universallyaccepted definition being presented. Much of the contentions surrounding the lack ofan agreed upon conception appear to have stemmed from difficulties in understanding therelationship between PCK, other areas of teacher knowledge, teacher beliefs, and enactedpractice. This paper considers the application of PCK frameworks to design and technology(D&T) education, through an analysis of the nature of the discipline from an ontologicaland epistemological perspective and contemporary perspectives on the construct of PCK.It is theorised that the volition afforded to teachers in D&T through weakly framed subjectboundaries negates the effective application of PCK frameworks, as teachers’ beliefs have agreater impact on enacted practices. In an attempt to better understanding enacted practicein D&T education, the paper proposes a methodological framework centred on the interactionsbetween teachers’ beliefs and knowledge in the discipline, through synthesising theconcept of amplifiers and filters of practice with the nature of D&T education. The proposedframework outlines the need to recognise individual teachers’ conception of capabilityas a critical influence on enacted practice.

  • 9.
    Hartell, Eva
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Buckley, Jeffrey
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Gumaelius, Lena
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Arbeta med komparativ bedömning2018In: Skola och samhälle, E-ISSN 2001-6727Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Hartell, Eva
    et al.
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE).
    Canty, Donal
    University of Limerick.
    Seery, Niall
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE).
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Buckley, Jeffrey
    KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
    Bedömningsexempel och sambedömning med hög reliabilitet (Worked Examples and Collaborative Assessment with High Reliability)2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Hartell, Eva
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM).
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Gumaelius, Lena
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.
    Teachers’ attitudes towards teaching programming in Swedish Technology education.2019In: Developing a knowledge economy trough technology and engineering education: PATT37, Msida, Malta. 3–6 June, 2019. / [ed] Sarah Pulé & Marc J. de Vries, Msida, Malta: University of Malta , 2019, p. 195-202Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Programming was introduced as a core-content in the Swedish national curriculum during a 2018 revision. The introduction of programming as part of Technology and Mathematics has been surrounded with a lot of questions of how, when, what and by whom programming should be taught. It is acknowledged that teachers do not often have the content expertise or confidence in teaching ‘new’ topics as they are assigned to curricula. Previous research has explored this through the lens of teacher self-efficacy, where results have indicated that teachers’ self-efficacy in a particular area is important for creating effective learning opportunities for pupils in school. 

    This paper reports on preliminary findings from an on-going project focusing on teacher self-efficacy in relation to the introduction of programming to the primary Technology curriculum. The projects’ objectives were to increase teachers' self-efficacy to teach programming in the Technology subject, and as a result of this, increase learning opportunities for the pupils. 

    In order to be able to measure teachers’ development of self-efficacy towards teaching primary programming an instrument was developed based on an existing instrument used for measuring self-efficacy for science teaching. The Dimensions of Attitudes towards Programming (DAP) instrument was designed and piloted in two schools. The preliminary findings show that the DAP-instrument fulfilled its purpose within this project but needs to be further validated to become a valid instrument to measure teachers’ self-efficacy in programming in a broader sense. Two themes identified from the analysis are discussed in this paper; (1) a lack of confidence in teaching programming, which appeared to ultimately result in, (2) teachers’ questioning the why behind teaching programming in the Swedish primary school.

  • 12.
    Seery, Niall
    et al.
    Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland.
    Canty, Donal
    O'Connor, Adrian
    Buckley, Jeffrey
    University of Limerick, Ireland.
    Doyle, Andrew
    KTH.
    Identifying, developing and grading “soft skills” in design and technology education: A methodological approach2016In: Proceedings of the 32nd Pupils’ Attitude Towards Technology (PATT) Conference, At Utrecht, Netherlands, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
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