Cultural and historical roots for design and technology education: why technology makes us human

Matt McLain, Dawne Irving-Bell, David Wooff, David Morrison-Love

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Abstract

In the continuing context of curriculum change within English education, this paper explores the cultural and historical roots of design and technology, as an educational construct, distinct from design or engineering, which exist as career paths outside of the school curriculum. It is a position piece, drawing on literature from a wide range of sources from writing and outside of the discipline. The authors revisit the original intention of design and technology as a national curriculum subject and within the contemporary challenges, highlight the historical and social importance of technology, including designing and making, as an essentially human and humanising activity. The aim being to contribute to the theorisation and philosophy of the subject, where typically practitioners tend to focus on practical and potentially mundane concerns. This paper asserts that technological human activity is rooted in technological innovation and determinism. The aim is to add to the literature and debate around the place and value of design and technology. The argument for retention of the subject, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, is presented from a socio-technological perspective; recognising the value of the subject as cultural rather than a merely technical or as an economic imperative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology Education Research Group
PublisherAthlone Institute of Technology
Pages223-231
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5272-2508-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5272-2507-7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jun 2018
EventPupils' Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT) Conference - Athlone Institute of Technology, County Westmeath, Ireland
Duration: 18 Jun 201821 Jun 2018

Conference

ConferencePupils' Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT) Conference
CountryIreland
CityCounty Westmeath
Period18/06/1821/06/18

Keywords

  • culture
  • design and technology education
  • philosophy of technology
  • socio-technological human activity

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  • Research Output

    How technology makes us human: cultural historical roots for design and technology education

    McLain, M., IRVING-BELL, DAWNE., WOOFF, DAVID. & Morrison-Love, D., 2 Oct 2019, In : Curriculum Journal. 30, 4, p. 464-483 20 p.

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    Humanising the design and technology curriculum: Why technology education makes us human

    McLain, M., Irving-Bell, D., Wooff, D. & Morrison-Love, D., 1 Jul 2019, In : Design and Technology Education: An International Journal. 24, 2, p. 8-19 12 p.

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  • Activities

    BERA, The Curriculum Journal: An invited Blog Post: How technology makes us human: Cultural historical roots for design and technology education

    Matt McLain (Participant), DAWNE IRVING-BELL (Participant), David Wooff (Participant) & David Morrison-Love (Participant)

    22 Nov 2019

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    Any thoughts on the future of D&T? An Invited Blog Post

    DAWNE IRVING-BELL (Participant)

    Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Re-Designing Design and technology Education: An Invited Blog Post

    DAWNE IRVING-BELL (Other), Matt McLain (Other) & David Wooff (Other)

    Oct 2019

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    McLain, M., Irving-Bell, D., Wooff, D., & Morrison-Love, D. (2018). Cultural and historical roots for design and technology education: why technology makes us human. In Technology Education Research Group (pp. 223-231). Athlone Institute of Technology. http://terg.ie/index.php/patt36-proceedings/