Design and Technology Education : whose design, whose education and why?

Steve Keirl
2006, Vol. 11, No. 2,


This paper seeks to demonstrate the significant,
if not essential, place of design in our lives and
in the technological world. Further, it contends
that such a significant presence warrants a role
for design in the general education of all
students in two principal ways. In one way, it
presents design as necessary to the integrity of
Technology Education. In another, as a result of
this necessary integrity, it argues a case for the
key role of Design and Technology (D&T)
Education as a core component of any ethically
defensible curriculum of a state education
system. The case presented is not limited to any
particular society or educational jurisdiction.


Design ; Design and technology ; Curriculum ; Ethics ; Democracy

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