Presentation of the speakers at the conference 26 - 30 June 2012. Please see the programme for specific information about when they hold their presentations.

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Engineering Education

Professor Anette Kolmos

PhD, UNESCO Chairholder, Aalborg University

PhD, Professor in Engineering Education and PBL and Chairholder for UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education, Aalborg University. Dr. Kolmos has a PhD in "Gender, Technology and Education" (1989).  During the last 20 years, she has conducted research in the following areas,: Change to PBL curriculum, development of transferable skills and faculty development. She is actively involved in developing profile of Engineering Education Research in Europe as well as internationally. She holds the Chair of SEFI working group on Engineering Education Research and she is President-Elect for SEFI 2008-2009. Dr. Kolmos is associate editor for European Journal of Engineering Education, SEFI and has served as associate editor for Journal of Engineering Education. She has published more than 140 articles in various journals. She is coordinator for the EU-project, Socrates project, PBL-Engineering which is developing the master programme: Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science.  

Email: ak@plan.aau.dk
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Technology Education

Emeritus Professor Richard Kimbell

Emeritus Professor of Technology Education, Goldsmiths University of London

Richard Kimbell was the first professor of Technology Education in London University. He has taught technology in schools and been course director for undergraduate and postgraduate courses of teacher education. In 1990, he founded the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths, as the base from which to manage his expanding research portfolio.  In the subsequent period, research sponsors include research councils (e.g. ESRC, NSF [USA]), industry (e.g. LEGO, BP), government departments (e.g. DfES, DfID), as well as professional and charitable organisations (e.g. Engineering Council, Royal Society of Arts, Design Museum).

He has published widely in the field including three single-authored books, several books in which he edited contributions, as well as reports commissioned by UK Government Departments, the Congress of the United States, UNESCO and NATO. He has written and presented television programmes and regularly lectures internationally. He is a consultant to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation in the USA, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm.

Email: r.kimbell (@gold.ac.uk)

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Dr Vicki Compton

Vicki will provide a brief outline of the key components of technology education in New Zealand and use examples from primary and lower secondary classrooms (year 1-10) to illustrate student learning in relation to these components. Opportunity will be provided for questions and discussion.

Dr Vicki Compton is a Research Director with UniServices, University of Auckland.  She has a background in both technology and science education. Since 1993 she has been committed to technology education research, curriculum development and revision, and implementation across compulsory and post-compulsory schooling. Vicki is involved in a range of initiatives to support technology education nationally and internationally. She is currently director of a Ministry of Education funded national research project focused on exploring the development of student technological literacy as a result of learning in technology programmes based on the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum.

Professor Marc de Vries

Assistant professor of Philosophy  
Marc is affiliate professor in Reformational Philosophy at the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management Delft, University of Technology.

He studied experimental physics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University Amsterdam) (M.Sc. 1982) and specialized in educational research in physics education. He received his Ph.D. at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) in 1988 for a dissertation on “Technology in physics education” (full text available). This study implied a move towards a new specialization: educational research in technology education. In that context he organized international conferences under the title of Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT). This name is related to part of his Ph.D. research on the ideas that pupils of 12-13 year age have about technology. This series of conferences still continues (full text of Proceedings available). In 1988 he worked on setting up the new teacher education programme for technology teachers at the Pedagogische Technologische Hogeschool (Pedagogical Technological College) in Eindhoven. Later he became Head of Sub department for this programme. His involvement in the international developments in technology education caused him to be invited for presentations at international conferences and advisory work for organizations such as OECD, Unesco, and the Council of Europe, as well as for universities in various countries (a.o. in Europe, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Taiwan, South-Africa and the USA).

In 1990 he moved to the Eindhoven University of Technology to become assistant professor in the philosophy and methodology of technology, with specialization in design methodology, under professor Andries Sarlemijn. In 1992 he organized an international conference on 'Design Methodology and Relationships with Science' in the context of the NATO Scientific Affairs Programme, together with prof. Nigel Cross (Open University England) and prof. D.P. Grant (California Polytechnic University), both editors of international scholarly journals in the field of design methodology.

From 1995 to 2000 he worked for the Stichting Historie der Techniek (Foundation for the History of Technology) in the Netherlands to write the history of the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium (nowadays part of Philips Research).

His move back to philosophy coincided with the appointment of prof. Anthonie Meijers as the successor of Andries Sarlemijn who had died in 1996. Since then his field of specialization is philosophical research into the nature of technological knowledge. This field is related to his previous fields of specialization: transfer of technological knowledge (educational research in technology education), use of technological knowledge in design processes (design methodology), and development of technological knowledge (history of technology). In 2002 he co-organized the international conference 'Technological Knowledge: Philosophical Reflections'.

Meanwhile his work in technology education continues. Marc de Vries is currently the editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Technology and Design Education (published by Kluwer Academic Publishers), and the co-author of a series of Dutch textbooks for technology education in lower secondary education (title of the series: “Technologisch”, i.e. Technological). He co-founded the Dutch Association of Technology Teachers (Dutch abbreviation: VeDoTech).

Since September 2003, Marc is affiliate professor in Reformational Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology.

Email: m.j.devries@tbm.tudelft.nl

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History of Technology

Dr Michael H Lindgren

Dr Lindgren is an engineer, historian and technology teacher. He has specialized in history of innovation, and has taught technology in schools and at universities, at all levels. His main focus is to combine practical and theoretical technology, with the development of technology, in the long historical perspectives.

Dr Lindgren has worked as technical museum curator; project leader for science centres; designer of pedagogical science centre exhibits, and has also been active as a professor in technology teacher education. For Dr Lindgren, history offers an excellent and vast pedagogical platform for technology education. As a researcher in these fields, he has published Glory and Failure (M.I.T. Press 1990) and Christopher Polhems Testamente (Innovationshistoria Förlag 2011). The former deals with the first attempts to build a mechanical programme operated calculating machine, with a printer, starting in 1782 – the first computers. The latter is about the Swedish inventor Polhem (1661-1751), who had many interesting ideas regarding technology education for young men. Dr Lindgren will be reading parts of his Testamente, i.e. will, and talk about his early ideas regarding technology education, including his interactive wooden model system – The Mechanical Alphabet. Hopefully you will get inspired by Christopher Polhem – Sweden’s Leonardo da Vinci.

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