Tristram Shepard reviews Eileen Adams’ new book

Change in education is notoriously difficult to achieve. The administrative structures, the numbers of teachers and managers, the range of agencies and political and economic pressures involved, not to mention the need to please Ofsted and achieve a high rank in different aspects of school league tables, means it’s usually easiest and wisest to leave […]

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Tony Chisholm reviews Eileen Adams’ new book

With this, her most recent publication, Eileen Adams has brought together a lifetime of experiences, experimentation, innovation and professional practice in the field of art, design and environmental education. The range of her work and depth of her commitment is clearly evident throughout, and as a statement of intention and aspiration this book is both […]

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Maria Hayes reviews Eileen Adams’ new book

The opening of Eileen Adams book reminds us that art and design educationalists of the post-war, pre-digital age were grappling with how to adapt an academy based art education to incorporate twentieth century developments in art and design. Both Modernist and Contemporary art movements challenged the basis of traditional methods. Brave teachers, art educationalists and […]

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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, 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 Panse […]

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Manifestations (by Ken Baynes)

It can’t be often that art, craft and design education are the subject of two important manifestos. But the Crafts Council and the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) both marked the end of 2014 by issuing policy statements. Both are essential reading for anyone interested in design research or design education. […]

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ebooks and LDP’s Publishing Strategy

LDP’s primary publication format was always intended to be ebooks.  As the technologies of e-readers and screen technologies move on, it seemed to be the appropriate strategy.  Well, it’s taken us rather longer than we had initially thought to get there, but we believe we are well on the road now.  For our ‘Big Books’ […]

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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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