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Title: Design and Technology: a methodology for exploring 'elite' beliefs
Authors: Wright, Ruth
Keywords: D&T
Policy
Methodology
Elites
Ethics
Beliefs
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © The Design and Technology Association
Citation: WRIGHT, R., 2008. Design and technology: a methodology for exploring 'elite' beliefs. IN: Norman, E.W.L. and Spendlove, D. (eds.). The Design and Technology Association International Research Conference, [Loughborough University, 2-4 July]. Wellesbourne : The Design and Technology Association
Abstract: This paper describes the approach taken and techniques used in a pilot MRes research project. It aims to be of practical interest, particularly to new researchers. The study was undertaken in 2005-2006 in context, which still pertains, of the ambiguous nature of D&T in England and thereby vulnerability to policy change threats to its continuing existence. The project explored literature concerning the development of D&T, the changing policy context and investigated the views of D&T policy influencers. However, although this paper refers to aspects of this, in seeking to offer an example of how deeply held views may be uncovered and thereby compared, it focuses on the methodology developed, including dealing with central issues related to ‘researching-up’ (‘elites’) and of confidentiality. The study took a qualitative practice approach, privileging the voices of individuals, and techniques included interview-conversations. Difficulties in informing policy-making through such research emerged and the paper discusses aspects of this issue. It is proposed that a collaborative policyforming review should be taken forward.
Description: This is a conference paper
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3539
ISBN: 1898788847
Appears in Collections:D&T Association Conference Series

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