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Professor of Design and Technology Education

I have undergraduate qualifications as a Product and Furniture Designer from Northumbria University and a PhD from Newcastle University.

I've held senior appointments in design and technology at all levels: in schools as Head of 3D Studies, as Lecturer at Loughborough University and as Principal Lecturer, Reader and now Professor at University of Sunderland.

I am a member of four international journal’s editorial boards. I examine PhD’s internationally and I am an external examiner for several universities. I'm also the external advisor for Design Technology for the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

I have made an outstanding contribution as a teacher, teacher educator and researcher. I am widely respected within both design and educational fields. This was both recognised, and demonstrated, as a keynote presenter at conferences in the UK, Botswana, Slovakia, Cyprus and Australia. In 2010, I was presented by the Design and Technology Association with an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Design and Technology Education’.

In 2011, I was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education.

Teaching and supervision

Design literacy theory and practice: assessment and evaluation of design and technology, graphical communication, craftsmanship in resistant materials.

Research interests for potential research students

My early research for my PhD focused on the de-motivation of pupils in schools. More recently, I have been investigating the design activity of students training to become teachers in terms of learning styles and their relationship to factors such as designing styles, creativity, gender and computer-aided learning.


Number of items: 46.


Atkinson, Stephanie (2020) Review of “Mentoring Design and Technology Teachers in the Secondary School: A practical guide” by S. Lawson & S. Wood-Griffiths (Eds.) [Book review]. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 25 (1). ISSN 1360-1431

Atkinson, Stephanie (2011) Creativity: A handbook for Teachers (Review). Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 16 (1). ISSN 1360-1431

Atkinson, Stephanie (2011) The relationship between the time spent studying subject knowledge and the attitude of trainee teachers to the subject(s) they will teach. Journal of Technology Studies, 37 (1). pp. 17-30. ISSN 1071-6084

Atkinson, Stephanie (2008) Review: Analysing Best Practices in Technology Education. Design and Technology Education, 13 (3). pp. 53-55. ISSN 1360-1431

Atkinson, Stephanie (2007) Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation. Educational Psychology, 27 (6). pp. 843-858. ISSN 0144-3410

Atkinson, Stephanie (2006) Factors Influencing Successful Achievement in Contrasting Design and Technology Activities in Higher Education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 16 (2). pp. 193-213. ISSN 09577572

Atkinson, Stephanie (2006) Footprints In shifting sands: Ten years of editorials from the DATA journal (1996-2005). Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 11 (3). pp. 80-83. ISSN 1-898788-79-0

Atkinson, Stephanie (2006) Review: A framework for Design and Design Education; a reader containing key papers from the 1970s and 1980s. Design and Technology Education; An International Journal, 11 (1). pp. 68-70.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2005) A Study of Preferred Information Processing Style and it's Relationship to Gender and Achievement in the Context of Design and Technology Project Work. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 10 (1). pp. 26-42. ISSN 13601431

Atkinson, Stephanie (2004) A Comparison of Pupil Learning and Achievement in Computer Aided Learning and Traditionally Taught Situations with Special Reference to Cognitive Style and Gender Issues. Educational Psychology, 24 (5). pp. 659-679. ISSN 01443410

Atkinson, Stephanie (2004) Student Behaviors in the Context of Computer Aided Learning in Design and Technology Teacher Training. Journal of Technology Studies, 30 (4). pp. 54-65. ISSN 10716084

Atkinson, Stephanie (2003) Teaching Design and Technology in the Primary School. Teaching Design and Technology in the Primary School.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2000) Does the Need for High Levels of Performance Curtail the Level of High Order Thinking Skills in Design and Technology Project Work. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 10 (3). pp. 255-281. ISSN 0957-7572

Atkinson, Stephanie (2000) An investigation into the relationship betwen teacher motivation and pupil motivation. Educational Psychology, 20 (1). pp. 46-57. ISSN 0144-3410

Book Section

Atkinson, Stephanie (2023) Design and Technology Education in England. In: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Technology Education. Bloomsbury, pp. 28-41. ISBN 978-1-3502-3844-2

Atkinson, Stephanie (2020) Using and producing design and technology education research. In: Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School (4th Edition). Routledge. ISBN 9780367336813

Atkinson, Stephanie (2020) Female Role Models in a Male-Dominated Workplace: Do We Still Need Their Influence Today? In: Gender Equality in Changing Times Multidisciplinary Reflections on Struggles and Progress. Palgrave, pp. 17-38. ISBN 9783030265700

Atkinson, Stephanie (2019) Technology Teacher Education in England. In: Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Springer, Singapore, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9789811311796

Atkinson, Stephanie (2019) A comparative study of the content of two documents: The Design & Technology National Curriculum in England and New Zealand's Technology Curriculum. In: PATT37:Developing a knowledge economy through technology and engineering education. University of Malta, Msida, Malta, pp. 13-24. ISBN 9789995714796

Atkinson, Stephanie (2017) So what went wrong and why? In: Design Epistemology and Curriculum Planning. Loughborough Design Press, Loughborough, pp. 13-17. ISBN 9781909671157

Atkinson, Stephanie (2013) Encouraging the imagination. In: Design Education: A Vision for the future. Loughborough Design Press, Leicestershire, pp. 52-60. ISBN 978-1-909671-03-4

Atkinson, Stephanie (2005) Promoting Equality in DATA. In: The Design & Technology Secondary Subject Leaders File. Wellesbourne : DATA 2005.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2002) Creativity versus the need for high levels of performance. In: Teaching Design and Technology in Secondary Schools. Routledge Taylor Francis, pp. 161-176. ISBN 978-0415260732

Conference or Workshop Item

Atkinson, Stephanie (2018) Woman’s under-representation in STEM: The part role-models have played in the past and do we still need them today? In: PATT36 International Conference: Research & Practice in Technology Education: Perspectives on Human Capacity & Development., 18-21 Jun 2018, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2015) How secure are Design and Technology trainee teachers in thier understanding of designing as portrayed in the latest National Curriculum documentation? In: PATT29: Pluality & Complementarity of approaches in Design and Technology Education, Marseille University.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2014) An imaginative use of a formative self-assessment and feedback tool to encourage a learner's understanding within a Higher Education context. In: 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Simon Fraser University Vancouver.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2013) Increasing a student's understanding of designing through a new self-assessment and feedback approach. In: PATT27: Technology Education for the Future - A Play on Sustainability, 2 - 6 Dec 2013, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2012) What constitutes good learning in technology education: How can we ensure that teachers can provide it? In: 7th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research, 5-8 December 2012, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Atkinson, Stephanie and Sandwith, Angela (2012) A Passion for Designing. In: PATT26 - Technology Education in the 21st Century, 26-30 June 2012, Stockholm, Sweden.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2011) Performance/ability differences between those trained as Design and Technology teachers on Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes. In: Perspectives on Learning in Design and Technology Education (PATT 25: CRIPT8), 1st - 5th July 2011, GOldsmith's College, London.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2009) Creativity in Design and Technology. In: D&T Conference for all Teachers of D&T, 2009, Cyprus.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2008) New Intake: New Challenges. In: PATT-20: Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology: Critical Issues in Technology Education, 3-6 Nov 2008, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2008) What should the curriculum for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) of a D&T teacher include? One solution & its development over the past 25 years. In: PATT-20: Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology: Critical Issues in Technology Education, 3-6 Nov 2008, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2008) The shape of D&T Initial Teacher Training at Sunderland University. In: PATT20: Critical Issues in Technology Education Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2007) Why can't I design as well as other people? I thought I understood the process and what was required. In: PATT18 - Teaching and Learning Technology Literacy In The Classroom, May 2007, Glasgow University.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2005) Does the preferred learning style of those training for a career in Design and Technology differ depending upon age? In: Inspire and Educate: DATA International Research Conference 2005.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2005) Does the preferred learning style of those training for a specific career differ depending upon age? In: Enhancing Learning & Performance Through Styles - European Learning Styles Information Network 9th Conference, 2005, University of Surrey, Guildford.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2004) A comparison of the relationship between creativity, learning style preference and achievement in GCSE and degree level in the context of design and technology project work. In: Creativity and Innovation DATA International Research Conference, Sheffield Hallam University.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2003) An investigation into the relationship between preferred learning style and successful achievement in contrasting design and technology activities. In: Pupils Attitudes to Technology - PATT13, 21-24 Jun 2003, University of Glasgow, UK.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2003) The relationship between learning style preference, attitude to learning, appropriate prior knowledge and achievement in the context of computer aided learning in electronics. In: 8th annual conference of the European Learning Styles Information Network (ELSIN): Bridging Theory & Practice, 30 Jun - 2 Jul 2003, Centre for Management and Organizational Learning, Hull University Business School, UK.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2002) Initial Teacher Training for Secondary Teachers of Design and Technology. In: International Annual Conference of Technology Educators, 2002, Slovakia: Univerzita Mateja Bela.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2001) An exploration of cognitive style and computer aided learning from the perspective of the user and designer of such materials. In: BERA Conference, 15 Sep 2001, University of Leeds, UK.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2001) Cognitive Styles and Computer Aided Learning (CAL): Exploring Designer and User Perspectives. In: New Media in Technology Education - PATT11, 8-13 Mar 2001, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2000) The Development of Creativity versus the need for High Levels of Performance in Design and Technology. In: WOCATE Technology Education Conference - Consequences and Coming Challenges as Engendered by a Global Perspective, 2000.

Atkinson, Stephanie (2000) National Curriculum Design and Technology. In: NDETEB-2000 International Conference and Careers Convention for Design and Technology Education, 2000, Botswana.


Dagg, Lynne (2020) An investigation into how human and social capital may be acquired and utilised by school governors. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

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