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

Matt McLain, DAWNE IRVING-BELL, DAVID WOOFF, David Morrison-Love

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Abstract

In the context of curriculum change within English education, and beyond, this article explores the cultural 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, largely, outside of the discipline.
The authors revisit the original intentions of design and technology as a National Curriculum subject and, within the contemporary challenges, discuss the 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 focus on practical and potentially mundane concerns.
This article asserts that technological human activity is rooted in technological innovation and determinism, inextricably linked to social human activity. The aim is to add to the literature and provoke 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 social and technological perspective; recognising the value of the subject as cultural rather than a merely technical or economic imperative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-483
Number of pages20
JournalCurriculum Journal
Volume30
Issue number4
Early online date7 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Culture
  • design and technology
  • philosophy of technology
  • pragmatism
  • technology and society

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    • 1 Article

    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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  • Re-designing Design and Technology Education: A living literature review of stakeholder perspectives

    IRVING-BELL, DAWNE., WOOFF, DAVID. & McLain, M., 3 Jun 2019, Proceedings PATT37: Developing a knowledge economy through technology and engineering education: Department of Technology and Entrepreneurship Education. Pule, S. & de Vries, M. (eds.). University of Malta, Msida, Malta: University of Malta, p. 233-249 16 p.

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  • Re-imagining the future of design and technology education: An opportunity for curriculum innovation.

    IRVING-BELL, DAWNE., WOOFF, DAVID. & McLain, M., 5 Jun 2019, p. 44-45. 2 p.

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    DAWNE IRVING-BELL, PhD, PFHEA

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

    DAWNE IRVING-BELL (Participant)

    Mar 2019

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