AbstractPeter Toft, writing as guest editor of the Spring issue of SDECT, highlighted a number of improtant points on the development of COT in schools, particularly the need for 'a sound body of knowledge about the nature, teaching and development of COT'. This issue attempts to build upon that observation by examining the role of Loughborough University's Department of Design and Technology in developing understanding in this area through work in design and technology education and design for professional practice.
The two key roles of any university department are research and teaching. In both respects there have been considerable developments at Loughborough in recent years. By focussing on these developments in this special edition of SDECT it is intended to offer a number of perspectives on thinking at Loughborough. In addition it will also provide of models which will be of both direct and indirect value to those working at 'the chalk face' and in addition the advisory service and teacher training.