Alison Hardy is a lecturer on the Undergraduate Teacher Training course for Secondary Design and Technology Education. On this course she lectures in Design and Technology in Education and Society, Subject Knowledge and Designing and Making. Alison also lectures on the Professional Year and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. The Professional Year Courses includes students enrolled on the School Direct, PGDE and undergraduate teacher training courses.
Prior to working at NTU, Alison was a Director of Curriculum at Tresham College in Northamptonshire. This role included strategic responsibility for the 14-19 curriculum at the College and working with partnership schools in four East Midlands counties which included over thirty secondary schools.
Alison has worked in four secondary schools as a design and technology (D&T) teacher; in two of them she was the head of department for D&T.
Alison has also been a consultant for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service specialising in partnership and curriculum development.
Alison is currently studying for her doctorate at NTU, the focus of which is the value of D&T education in English secondary schools. Alongside this she has undertaken research into the use of technology-enhanced learning in schools and HE, including the innovative use of social media to support collaborative learning.
In 2013-14 Alison collaborated with teachers from partnership schools to understand how different stakeholders in their schools valued design and technology.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist in Nottingham Institute of Education and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.
- Using Technology in Design and Technology. Hardy A and Davies S in (ed) Owen-Jackson, Debates in Design and Technology Education, 2013, chapter 10, 125-138
- Blended Learning Tools to Support Collaborative Learning. Hardy A and Davies S in (eds) Hughes J and Kidd W, Working with Diverse Groups of Learners in the Digital Age, ESCalate, 2011
- Starting the Journey: Discovering the Point of D&T. Hardy A, PATT27 Conference: Technology Education for the Future: A Play on Sustainability, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2013, 222-228
- Who Makes Better Use of Technology for Learning in D&T? Schools or University? Cockayne S, Hardy A, Davies S and Tinney J, PATT27 Conference: Technology Education for the Future: A Play on Sustainability, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 December 2013, 100-107
- Using ePortfolios to Support Trainee Design and Technology Teachers in Developing their Subject Knowledge. Hardy A, Tinney J and Davies S, The PATT 26 Conference: Technology Education in the 21st Century, Stockholm, 26-30 June 2012
- Developing an ITE Framework. Hardy A and Barlex D, Technology Education Research Conference: Best Practice in Technology, Design and Engineering Education, Brisbane, Australia, 5-8 December 2012
- Engaging Trainee Teachers of Science and Design & Technology in Cross Curricula Collaboration - A Case Study. Hardy A, Barlex D and Davies S, Technology Education Research Conference: Best Practice in Technology, Design and Engineering Education, Brisbane, Australia, 5-8 December 2012
- Getting to Know you: Design and Technology Education Students' Transition into Higher Education Learning. Davies S and Hardy A, PATT 25 & CRIPT 8: Perspectives on Learning in Design Technology Education, Goldsmiths, University of London, 1-5 July 2011
- Developing the Use of Blended Learning and e-moderation to Support Students' Transition into Higher Education Learning. Davies S and Hardy A, SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) Newer Researchers' Conference: New Communities, Spaces and Places: Inspiring Futures for Higher Education, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, 6-7 December 2011
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- Design and technology education
- Creativity in secondary schools
- Aim of formal education
- Design education
- Values in education