Which way now for Design Technology?
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Which way now for Design Technology?

The make baby and the design bathwater.

  Some very thoughtful and enlightening feedback to my last posts and a conversation with a colleague are the starting points for this post.  My colleague, who teaches at a local sixth form college,  was showing me around and, as you do, we were sharing frustrations.  One in particular was a great product model, fully … Continue reading

Detail from a dining table by Edward Barnsley

Reading, writing and wroughting…………..

  Following some pretty detailed comment from Martin Chandler on my last post it seems only fair to respond to some of what he said.  Given that I suspect both he and I come from pretty much the same stable there is a lot of common ground between us, but of course some issues arise … Continue reading

One of Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial tables.
Falmouth University students presenting their designs to Sir Kenneth Grange

Teaching iterative design……….catching up with the curve.

  Things have changed in the design world.  I jumped at the invitation to join students at Falmouth University as they presented their ideas to to their visiting professor, Sir Kenneth Grange.  Now here’s the thing.  When I was growing up this man was shaping the world, indeed he was creating the design climate we … Continue reading

Degree show work by Hannah Casey, an ex pupil who has gone on to great things.

“What’s wrong with DT?………….Now there’s a question.

  I can’t recall what I was looking for but I came across this report on the RSA blog, “What’s wrong with DT?”   Written by John Miller it provides a thought provoking analysis of Design Technology, you should certainly read it here.   Miller is an advocate and supporter of the subject but has the advantage … Continue reading

Designs for a table. In this case the first sketch lead to a full size drawing and manufacture.

Iterative design……………….the shape of the future of Design Technology

Just over twelve months ago the proposed new National Curriculum for Design Technology had thrown most of us into disbelief and despair.  It seemed that all the work developing the subject over the last twenty or thirty years was simply to be discarded and a model rooted in the 1920’s was to be the way … Continue reading

Stylish lighting. (Image courtesy of Camborne Science and International Academy)

Less is more……….learning objectives or whatever you want to call them.

As I write the news is arriving that Michael Gove has suggested that all schools start taking the Common Entrance exam, used by private schools to select entrants for their establishments.  He seems to be oblivious of the fact that not very long ago all schools were taking something similar called SATs and that for … Continue reading

Design sketching: the way that designers think

Mind the design gap……………What it takes to teach Design Technology

A recent conversation prompted me to re think a conventional piece of wisdom about the qualities that a Design Technology teacher needs to have.  Of course these are all additional qualities to those that any teacher needs to do their job, well maybe, see what you think.  A long time ago I came across this … Continue reading

Some very traditional Design Technology

The EBacc is back…..never mind the children.

Well it  has certainly been an interesting start to the new academic year.  What is becoming the most consistent thing in education is that there is no consistency.  In a far off time it was the case that teachers regarded the August exam results day as of concern for their pupils; had they got the … Continue reading

One of Alan Tugwell's exquisite sculptures, have a look at his work on alantugwell.wordpress.com

Teaching Design Technology………….the oldest profession?

(It is of course scurrilous of me to use an image of one of Alan Tugwell’s stunning works and in the same breath even hint at what is usually deemed to be the oldest profession.  If you are taken with his work then you can check out his blog which, though out of date will … Continue reading

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