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Professor Patrick Dillon

Emeritus Professor

 

Overview

I have worked in higher education since 1981. My first degree is in biology and in my early career I taught ecology and landscape studies. During this time I researched for my doctorate in environmental history. After a two-year secondment with the BBC developing new educational technologies, I moved field becoming Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Technological Education at the University of Reading. In 2000 I came to Exeter as Professor in Telematics in Education and Director of the Telematics Centre. In 2004, I was awarded an honorary doctorate in education from the University of Joensuu, Finland. Since 2005 I have been Emeritus Professor at Exeter and a Visiting Professor in the Universities of Eastern Finland and Helsinki. My research is concerned generally with the cultural ecology of education which may be investigated at scales ranging from national to local. It takes in work on communities of practice, situated learning, second language learning, and heritage education. It also includes e-learning which, although not place bound, is situated through the identities that participants bring with them. I also research in creativity, design education and environmental education.

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Research

Research interests

Patrick Dillon is an Emeritus Professor.  He has worked in higher education for over 25 years. Prior to that he worked in industry and taught in primary and secondary schools. His current research interests are:

  • Education, culture and technology as an interdisciplinary field and matters associated with this in formal, informal and non-formal education, e.g. education through museums, creativity in education, transdisciplinary education.
  • E-Learning and multimedia in education, pedagogy and practice, e.g. the sociocultural contexts of new technologies; collaborative learning in on-line education; second language learning through virtual learning environments.
  • Theories of design and design education.

Keywords: sociocultural theory, ethnography, e-learning, creativity, cross-disciplinarity, cultural studies, design education, educational multimedia

Research grants

  • 2004 European Union/Leonardo
    Multicultural e-learning competencies (with Marchmont Observatory).
  • 2004 Arts and Humanities Research Board
    Pedagogy and Virtual Exhibitions
  • 2003 SELL Research Committee
    Virtual learning environments, community identity and pedagogy
  • 2003 Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
    Teacher Training Agency. Evaluation of the Intel Teach to the Future Programme
  • 2003 Arts and Humanities Research Board
    Virtual exhibitions (with the Bill Douglas Centre)
  • 2003 Exeter City Council
    New Opportunities Fund. On-line learning on history of Devon.
  • 2003 Exeter City Council
    On-line access to World Cultures Collection
  • 2003 European Union
    Trans-European telecommunications network
  • 2003 Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
    A Networked Framework for Continuing Professional Development
  • 2003 New Opportunities Fund
    New Opportunities Fund. Cornish Cultural Grid for Learning.
  • 2003 Medasset
    Medasset. e-learning for European turtle conservation and environmental education

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Howe, T. (2007). An epistemology of presence and reconceptualisation in design education. Interchange, 37(1), 69-88.
Tearle PA, Dillon P, Wang R (2007). Cultural disconnection in virtual learning environments. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 15(2), 153-174.
Loi D, Dillon P (2006). Adaptive educational environments as creative spaces. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), 363-381.
Dillon, P. (2006). Adaptive environments as creative spaces. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), 363-381.
Dillon PJ (2006). Creativity, integrativism and a pedagogy of connection. International Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity, 1(2), 69-83.
Tearle, P. (2006). Educational Research in a Distributed Community. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(1), 2-5.
Dillon PJ, Åhlberg M (2006). Integrativism as a theoretical and organisational framework for e-learning and practitioner research . Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(1), 7-30.
Åhlberg, M., Äänismaa, P. (2005). Education for sustainable living: Integrating theory, practice, design and development. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 49(2), 167-185.
Prosser, D. Howe, T. (2004). Design transactions in educational multimedia. The Design Journal, 7(2), 54-63.
Dillon PJ (2004). Trajectories and tensions in the theory of information and communication technology in education. British Journal of Educational Studies, 52(2), 138-150.
Howe, T. (2003). Design as narrative: objects, stories and negotiated meaning. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 22(3), 291-298.
Prosser, D. (2003). Educational transactions in museum open learning environments. International Journal on e-Learning, 2(1), 14-20.
Dillon, P. (2001). Cultural niche and the contexts of craft, design and fine art. The Design Journal, 4(3), 50-57.
Dillon, P. (2001). The development and evaluation of a multimedia resource to support ICT training: design issues, training processes and user experiences. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 38(1), 8-18.

Chapters

Dillon PJ (2007). Creativity, wisdom and trusteeship niches of cultural production. In Craft A, Gardner H, Claxton G (Eds.) Creativity and Wisdom in Education, Corwin Press.
Dillon, P. (2002). The dynamics of virtual learning communities. Towards an integrating framework. In Julkunen K, Havu-Nuutinen S, Pietarinen J (Eds.) Learning and Instruction in Multiple Contexts and Settings III, Finland: University of Joensuu, 21-30.

Publications by year


2007

Howe, T. (2007). An epistemology of presence and reconceptualisation in design education. Interchange, 37(1), 69-88.
Dillon PJ (2007). Creativity, wisdom and trusteeship niches of cultural production. In Craft A, Gardner H, Claxton G (Eds.) Creativity and Wisdom in Education, Corwin Press.
Tearle PA, Dillon P, Wang R (2007). Cultural disconnection in virtual learning environments. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 15(2), 153-174.

2006

Loi D, Dillon P (2006). Adaptive educational environments as creative spaces. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), 363-381.
Dillon, P. (2006). Adaptive environments as creative spaces. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), 363-381.
Dillon PJ (2006). Creativity, integrativism and a pedagogy of connection. International Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity, 1(2), 69-83.
Tearle, P. (2006). Educational Research in a Distributed Community. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(1), 2-5.
Dillon PJ, Åhlberg M (2006). Integrativism as a theoretical and organisational framework for e-learning and practitioner research . Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(1), 7-30.

2005

Åhlberg, M., Äänismaa, P. (2005). Education for sustainable living: Integrating theory, practice, design and development. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 49(2), 167-185.

2004

Prosser, D. Howe, T. (2004). Design transactions in educational multimedia. The Design Journal, 7(2), 54-63.
Dillon PJ (2004). Trajectories and tensions in the theory of information and communication technology in education. British Journal of Educational Studies, 52(2), 138-150.

2003

Howe, T. (2003). Design as narrative: objects, stories and negotiated meaning. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 22(3), 291-298.
Prosser, D. (2003). Educational transactions in museum open learning environments. International Journal on e-Learning, 2(1), 14-20.

2002

Dillon, P. (2002). The dynamics of virtual learning communities. Towards an integrating framework. In Julkunen K, Havu-Nuutinen S, Pietarinen J (Eds.) Learning and Instruction in Multiple Contexts and Settings III, Finland: University of Joensuu, 21-30.

2001

Dillon, P. (2001). Cultural niche and the contexts of craft, design and fine art. The Design Journal, 4(3), 50-57.
Dillon, P. (2001). The development and evaluation of a multimedia resource to support ICT training: design issues, training processes and user experiences. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 38(1), 8-18.

Refresh publications

External Engagement and Impact

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

Chief External Examiner, BSc (Hons) Business and Technology and BA (Hons) Human and Education Studies, The Nottingham Trent University, 1998-2001.

Examination of PhDs at Universities of Tasmania and Sheffield and Dublin City University


International recognition, such as international research collaborations, visiting research posts in overseas institutions, involvement at senior levels in international research associations, acting as referee for national and international research councils.

Docent in Applied Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, since 2005.

Member of International Panel, Research Council for Culture and Society, Academy of Finland, 2005.

Docent and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Joensuu, Finland

Scientific Director, Econet Europe (a consortium of educational institutions in Estonia, Italy, Finland, Sweden, and UK working in the fields of cultural, environmental and technological education through European Union projects).

Invited international delegate at Intel Teach to the Future International Curriculum Roundtables, Oregon, USA, 2002 and 2003


Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Editor, Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, 1999-2002.

Editorial Board, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2002- ongoing.


Keynote addresses or prestigious public lectures given in international forums

Invited lecture at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, 2005

Keynote Speaker: International Workshop on Experience as Growth, Rantasalami Institute of Environmental Education, Finland 2004

Keynote Speaker: Fourth International Symposium on Teaching and Learning, University of Joensuu, Finland, 2003.

Keynote Speaker: Intel Teach to the Future Conference, University College Cork, Eire, 2002.

Keynote Speaker: Intel Teach to the Future Teacher Training Conference, Oxford 2002.

Keynote Speaker: Third International Symposium on Teaching and Learning, University of Joensuu, Finland, 2001.

Keynote Speaker: Econet Europe Summer Academy, Rantasalmi Institute of Environmental Education, Finland, 2001.


Major awards, Prizes and Honorary degrees, including election to national and international learned societies

Doctor honoris causa, University of Joensuu, Finland, conferred August 2004.

Teaching

Supervision / Group

Research Fellows

  • Penni Tearle

Postgraduate researchers

  • Aeysha Bibi Abdulla
  • N Al-Saleem
  • Pantelis Antoniou
  • Kwang Chit Hwa
  • Andrew Creed
  • Hamid Dowlatabady
  • Susan Eddisford
  • Brian Evans
  • Lisa Hayes
  • Patrick Meaney
  • Jo Pye
  • Piong Tech Hwa
  • Ruolan Wang
  • Marion Williams

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