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BREXUCATION (by Ken Baynes)

If Brexit means Brexit, does education mean education? Or, to put the equation differently, what does Brexit mean for education? And, even more important, what can education do for Brexit? I’d say ‘a lot’ but perhaps not in the way understood by politicians. There seems to be quite remarkable agreement on the required national response […]

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Art of Change (by Ken Baynes)

Over the past few months we have been getting Eileen Adams’ new book ready for publication in June. Called Eileen Adams: Agent of Change it is a ‘critical autobiography’ covering her experiences as a classroom teacher, researcher and campaigner. A recurring theme in her career is the use of study methods deriving from art to […]

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A Fork in the Road (by Eddie Norman)

When I became Editor of Design and Technology Education: an international Journal (DATE:IJ) in 2005 there was a clear direction ahead. It had been set many years previously by the late Professor John Eggleston at the first IDATER conference in 1988. It was actually DATER then (Design and Technology Education Research and Curriculum Development Conference), […]

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Window of Opportunity (by Ken Baynes)

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It seems very clear that something is seriously amiss in what might be called ‘cultural’ education. We have already reviewed the manifestos from NSEAD and the Crafts Council. Now we have a substantial report on the wider value of culture and the importance of cultural education. It comes from the Warwick Commission set up by […]

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Perfect Misfits and Webinars

In December Ken Baynes and Eddie Norman were invited to speak (via Skype) at the Principals Meet that is held annually at DSK International Campus (www.dsksic.com), Pune in India to discuss the importance of creative careers in the 21st Century. The topic for discussion was ‘The Perfect Misfits’, so clearly irresistible to us. Mr. Ninad […]

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Curriculum Politics in Action (by Ken Baynes and Eddie Norman)

The Department for Education has published its ‘Design and technology: Draft GCSE subject content (September 2014) and asked for feedback based on 3 questions (our emphasis has been added in bold):.  Is the revised GCSE content (in each of these subjects) appropriate? Please consider: whether there is a suitable level of challenge whether the content […]

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Better Together? (by Ken Baynes)

Much progress has been made since the astonishing Draft Proposals for Design and Technology in the English National Curriculum were published in 2013 and LDP responded by rapidly publishing Design Education: A Vision for the Future with the help of many of our friends. In the last few weeks, we have been reading two documents […]

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An Iterative Model of Designing

If you have an interest in design education, then you’re likely to have already read the Department for Education’s Design and Technology Draft GCSE Subject Consultations. Responses are due by 20 November.  I read through the document and was initially left feeling quite comfortable, rather unchallenged, in fact I thought I quite liked it in […]

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Design Education: A Vision Lost?

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Key aspects of design education such as encouraging the imagination; the importance of learning through making and the relationship of theory, knowledge and practice are seemingly becoming lost in the presentation of ever more regressive positions concerning its place in the English National Curriculum. This video seeks to re-introduce the fundamental importance of these ideas and of design education in the curriculum that all children experience.

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