What do others think is the point of design and technology education?

Hardy, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6970-1695, Gyekye, K. and Wainwright, C., 2015. What do others think is the point of design and technology education? In: PATT29 Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design & Technology Education, Marseille, France, 7-10 April 2015, Marseille, France.


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As a result of a national curriculum review in England (Department for Education [DfE], 2011), a new curriculum for design and technology (D&T) is being taught in secondary schools from September 2014 (Department of Education [DoE], 2013a). This curriculum is compulsory for a decreasing number of schools; two potential consequences are the nature of D&T in secondary schools changing to reflect local perceptions of the subject and maybe D&T being removed from the curriculum completely. The pressure on D&T’s curriculum content is likely to come from different stakeholders such as senior school leaders, D&T teachers, and pupils. D&T school departments could respond to this pressure by adapting the curriculum to popularise the subject or produce high exam results with a consequence that much of the subject’s value is lost. This paper reports on a small research project conducted in two secondary schools where stakeholder representatives were interviewed to identify their values of D&T. These different stakeholders were interviewed using the active interview method (Holstein & Gubrium, 1995), coded following Aurebach and Silverstein’s method (2003) and their values compared to Hardy’s values framework (Hardy, 2013b). Analysis shows most stakeholders believe a key value of D&T is to provide ‘practical life skills’ (Hardy, p.226), whilst only one recognizes that learning in D&T involves ‘identifying problems to be solved’. The outcomes from the research are being used to support critically reflective conversations within both D&T departments (Zwozdiak-Myers, 2012) framing their evaluation of their local curriculum and making changes to their curriculum.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Hardy, A., Gyekye, K. and Wainwright, C.
Date: 2015
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 12:21
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18559

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