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

Bell, D, Wooff, David, Mclain, M and Morrison, D (2017) Analysing Design and Technology as an educational construct; an investigation into its curriculum position and pedagogical identity. Curriculum Journal, 28 (4). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1469-3704

[img]
Preview
PDF
Final - Analysing design and technology as an educational construct.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (811kB) | Preview

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Education > Secondary Education
Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: David Wooff
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 10:44
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/9833

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year