Analysing Design and Technology as an educational construct; an investigation into its curriculum position and pedagogical identity.

Dawne Bell, David Wooff, Matt Mclain, David Morrison

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The hierarchal status of academic disciplines, what defines valuable or legitimate knowledge and what should we teach our children is a topic of much debate. Amidst concerns of an academic decline, tackling the culture of low expectation and anti-intellectualism, the need to address social justice, and its byproduct of cultural reproduction, is the focus of current education policy. Set within the UK, this paper presents a critical review of the literature relating to disciplinary knowledge and teaching and learning regimes, specifically seeking to explore the subcultures which exist between design and technology and its associated curricula counterparts Q5 that combine to produce STEM. The purpose being to proffer an explanation that is supportive in developing an understanding as to why design and technology is perceived by many to be of less value than its STEM counterparts. Situation within a functionalist approach to STEM education policy, findings are discussed in relation to design and technology, which as a subject is caught between the identities of academic and vocational exponents, and it is from this perspective that complex nature and perceived value of design and technology is explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalCurriculum Journal
Early online date13 Feb 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2017

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