The Professor John Eggleston Memorial Lecture 2006. Values, human judgement and sustainability in design and technology education

Eddie Norman
2006, Vol. 11, No. 3,


This lecture seeks to explore some aspects of
the conceptual progress that has been made in
design and technology education since the
pioneering work of Professor John Eggleston
(1971). This exploration draws on research
conducted within the Design Education Research
Group at Loughborough University over the last
ten years, which indicates the crucial part that
human judgement plays in design decisionmaking.
The implications are discussed within
the context of the sustainability agenda and the
role of appropriate eco-design tools is noted.
The vital contributions of ‘learning by doing’ and
a ‘hands-on approach’ are emphasised and the
key relationship between innovation, designing
and the articulation of knowledge is recognised.
The lecture concludes by discussing the
importance of this relationship, as well as taking
interdisciplinary approaches, for research and
curriculum development in design and
technology education.


Values ; Knowledge ; Articulation ; Innovation ; Sustainability ; Interdisciplinary ; Design and technology

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