Tag Archives: Design and Technology

Inside a Design Curriculum (by Ken Baynes)

Most writers on design education are (rightly) scornful of our highly standardised school curriculum. We see it as focused on past knowledge, emphasising the academic over the creative and practical. Though it claims to be trying to fit children for adult life, it is not itself orientated towards the future or the skills and understandings […]

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Review by Dawne Bell of Eileen Adams: Agent of Change

Review by Dawne Bell Edge Hill University Published online in Design and Technology Education: an international journal, 22(1) in May, 2017, the full review can be found at: https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/2200> The full review includes commentaries on each chapter, and only the introduction and summary are shown below … Authored by Eileen Adams Agents of Change, as […]

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Design Epistemology and Curriculum Planning

ISBN References ISBN [Paperback, B&W] 978-1-909671-15-7 … £7.99 RRP ISBN [ebook, mobi] 978-1-909671-17-1 … £2.99 RRP The paperback version is available from The Great British Bookshop,  online book sellers (eg BOOKS etc) and all good book shops. A print replica ebook version for Kindles is available from Amazon. About This Book Design epistemology is a challenging and elusive concept. When it is also […]

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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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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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