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Re-imagining the Future of Design and Technology Education: Undoing a decade of decline.

Bell, D, Wooff, David and McLain, M (2019) Re-imagining the Future of Design and Technology Education: Undoing a decade of decline. In: 2019 SOLSTICE eLearning and CLT Conference, 5th - 6th June 2019, Edge Hill University.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


In England as an educational discipline Design and Technology is in disarray. Deliberations about the subject’s value and purpose within the core curriculum have taken place since its inception (Bell et al., 2017), however these debates have not been formalised by the subject’s community to create a solid research base and , in practice the subject’s vision has not ever been fully realised (Barlex, 2017). As the subject declines, so does the community of colleagues working within the field, and hence the potential to develop robust.

If there is to be any hope of reversing the subject’s decline, we need to do something significant. Hence, considering the future of design and technology, the principal aim of this research is to investigate what a re-designed design and technology could look like.

This poster presents part of the on-going work into the conversation which we hope will be used to commence the discussion around the future of Design and Technology, or its curriculum successor.

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Depositing User: David Wooff


Item ID: 10856
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 09:08
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 12:23


Author: David Wooff ORCID iD
Author: D Bell
Author: M McLain

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Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education


Education > Primary Education
Education > Secondary Education

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