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

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

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As practical and creative education in England continues to experience challenges and a relative loss of status, this paper argues for the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum and in particular design and technology (D&T) education. This paper is a position piece and discusses some of the challenges facing D&T.Calling for a reinvigoration of the subject to its original intentions, as the first National Curriculum subject in the programmes of study for England - discussed in the 1980s and enacted in 1990 – we explore how perspectives on education, curriculum and technology are politically informed and constructed.This paper reasserts the fundamentally humanising nature of technology in society. Drawing on ideas from science and education, both within and outside of D&T, the authors explore the cultural aspects of the subject; beyond the technical and economic arguments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-19
Number of pages12
JournalDesign and Technology Education: An International Journal
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Design and Technology
  • Humanising
  • Education

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    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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    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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    STEM Teachers’ Professional Identity: An Invited Blog Post

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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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    Analysing Design and Technology as an educational construct; an investigation into its curriculum position and pedagogical identity: An Invited Blog Post

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

    2 Mar 2017

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