Terry Wilkinson

Course Director

M Ed - York University, Toronto, Ontario ; B Ed - OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; BFA - Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Location(s) / Contact Info:

Winters College - WC
Keele Campus

Email: twilkinson@edu.yorku.ca

Scholarly Interests

design and technology education, curriculum policy and politics, the nature of school subject advocacy work, teachers as policy actors

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education

Courses Taught

  • Teaching Design Thinking Within Technology Frameworks (ED/EDST 4051)
  • Teaching Design Thinking Within Technology Frameworks (ED/TECH 4051)

Selected Publications

  • Von Mengerson, B., & Wilkinson, T. (2020). A pedagogy for understanding the material world. In P.J. Williams & D. Barlex (Eds.), Pedagogy for technology education in secondary schools (pp. 151-175). Switzerland AGSpringerNature
  • Wilkinson, T. (2017). Politicizing the discourse of consumerism: Reflections on The Story of Stuff. In P. J. Williams & K. Stables (Eds.), Critique in design and technology education (pp. 275-299). SingaporeSpringer
  • Wilkinson, T. & Bencze, J.L. (2015). With head, hand, and heart: Children address ethical issues of design. In K. Stables & S. Keirl (Eds.), Environment, ethics and cultures: Design and technology education's contribution to sustainable global futures (pp. 231-243). RotterdamNL: Sense Publishers
  • Sperling, E., Wilkinson, T., & Bencze, L. (2014). We got involved and we got to fix it!: Action-oriented school science. In L. Bencze & S. Alsop (Eds.), Activist science and technology education (pp. 365-380). New York, NY: Springer

Selected Presentations

  • Wilkinson, T. (2017, July). School subject advocacy as policy enactment: Making the case for design and technology education in England. Presented at: Paper presented at the Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology conference, Philadelphia
  • Wilkinson, T. (2016, August). Reassembling curriculum: A Sociomaterial Approach to Studying School Subject Advocacy Work. Presented at: Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, University College Dublin
  • Wilkinson, T. (2015, April). Fair play? Engineering competitions in science and technology education. Presented at: Paper presented at the Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology conference, Marseille
  • Wilkinson, T. (2014, April). School subject advocacy work as educational policy enactment. Presented at: David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar, Philadelphia
  • Wilkinson, T. (2010, June). A social semiotic view of science and technology textbook images. Presented at: Paper presented at the Technological Learning & Thinking: Culture, Design, Sustainability and Human Ingenuity Conference, Vancouver
  • Wilkinson, T. (2008, August). Seeing the light: Optical allusions to "scientificness" in Ontario textbooks. Presented at: Paper presented at the 4S/EASST Joint Conference, Rotterdam


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Province of Ontario - 2015-2016
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - 2013-2015
  • Graduate Studies Award (Best Major Research Paper), York University, Faculty of Education - 2009
  • Elementary Teaching Award of Excellence , Ontario Council for Technology Education - 2009
  • Innovation Fund Grant (MST Robotics Pilot Project), Toronto District School Board - 2004-2005