A global curriculum : design technology in the International Baccalaureate

P. John Williams
2007, Vol. 12, No. 3,


This paper places the Design Technology curriculum
of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
in an historical and international context of global
education. It seems paradoxical that in a postmodern
era of respect for local and national cultures and
educational systems, a curriculum could thrive that
represents the antithesis of this by proposing that the
same curriculum is appropriate for all students in all
societies. The relevant structures of the IB and the
nature of Design Technology will be described in
order to enable judgements about its role and to
explain its increasing popularity.


Design ; Technology ; Global ; International Baccalaureate

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