A developing project: investigating future forms of design and technology education

Halliwell, A., Mason, A., Hardy, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6970-1695 and Ellis, C., 2023. A developing project: investigating future forms of design and technology education. In: S. Davies, M. McLain, A. Hardy and D. Morrison-Love, eds., Proceedings of the 40th International Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology Conference Proceedings 2023, 31 October-3 November, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Liverpool John Moores University. ISBN 9781399967266

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It is regularly reported at previous PATT conferences that design and technology (D&T) in England is in decline. Despite initiatives, new curricula and government lobbying, the D&T juggernaut seems to be on the brink of collapse (according to some), with lowering numbers of pupils studying D&T, fewer teachers, less resources, and low status in schools.

Pulling the D&T juggernaut back from the brink requires more than one approach and most of the recent ones have been led by national organisations. This paper reports on the first phase of a new project, led by practising teachers, that takes a new approach. In simple terms, the aim of the project is to redesign D&T, not so much the content but the curriculum delivery and framework.

We have started by identifying the unresolved issues that are causing curriculum tensions and incoherence in the D&T community.

In this paper we are reporting on the first phase of our design project, where we used a Delphi Study to identify the controversial D&T curriculum issues that need resolving before we can design a D&T curriculum. Nineteen teachers completed the first survey. Analysing of the survey data reduced the number of questions to 24. These were circulated to a self-selecting expert group (participants who completed the first survey). A second round of analysis has clarified that there are 18 unresolved questions and contentions issues that need to be debated.

The next step is to invite teachers to respond to these issues; these responses will then be shared in a publication, debated, and shaped into a curriculum design specification. Finally, teachers will be invited to share at a future workshop or conference their curriculum design ideas that meet this specification.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at 40th International Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 31 October-3 November 2023.

Conference proceedings published as both a print book and as an online journal: https://doi.org/10.24377/PATT40.2023
Creators: Halliwell, A., Mason, A., Hardy, A. and Ellis, C.
Publisher: Liverpool John Moores University
Date: 31 October 2023
ISBN: 9781399967266
Rights: Copyright (c) 2023 Andrew Halliwell, Amanda Mason, Alison Hardy, Ciaran Ellis. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This journal provides immediate open access to its content with no submission or publications fees. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a LicenceCreative Commons Attribution License that allows others to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of works in this journal. It also allows others to remix, adapt and build upon the work, as long as credit is given to the author(s).
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 13 Nov 2023 12:05
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 12:06
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URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50362

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