Teaching Design and Technology in Secondary Schools begins by providing information on the nature, purpose and development of design and technology in schools. An aptitude for design and technology combines practical skills and theoretical knowledge, and the book addresses what this means in practice. Design and technology takes in work with such diversity as resistant materials, textiles, food and systems and control, so attention is given to connections between these areas and what makes them 'design and technology'. Together, these articles comprise a stimulating and comprehensive overview of the issues and ideas surrounding this new, popular and exciting element of the secondary school curriculum. This book is the companion to Aspects of Teaching Secondary Design and Technology.
Table of Contents
Section One: Design and Technology in the Curriculum 1. The Immensity of Technology 2. The Nature and Purpose of Design and Technology 3. The Coming of Technology Education in England and Wales 4. Links Across Design and Technology 5. Pupils' Attitudes to Technology Section Two: Issues in Teaching and Learning Design and Technology 6. Research in Learning Technological Concepts and Processes 7. Capability Lost and Found? 8. The General Problem-solving process in Technology Education - Myth or Reality? 9. The Nature and Nurture of Design Ability 10. A Visual Strategy - Why Not? 11. The Relationship Between Modelling and Designing and Making 12. Does the Need for High Levels of Performance Curtail the Development of Creativity in Design and Technology Project Work? 13. The Relationship Between Design and Technology and Science Section Three: Assessing Learning 14. Progression Towards Capability 15. Assessment of Design and Technology Section Four: Social Contextual Issues 16. Gender and Design and Technology Education 17. Raising the Attainment of Boys in Design and Technology 19. Citizenship and Design and Technology 20. Employability Skills - the Contribution Made by Making Activities Section Five: Teacher Learning 21 International Trends in Design and Technology Education 22. Research in Design and Technology
Reviewed with Aspects of Teaching Secondary Design and Technology -'The editor is to be congratulated on this set of books, which I am sure will be used not only by the students of the OU programmes, but also by a wider readership. The content once more shows the excellent position of England and Wales in terms of the ability to support the development of a school subject by doing sound educational research.' - Marc J. de Vries, International Journal of Technology and Design Education