The DATA Lecture 2001· Using leT to enhance design and technology

Geoff Howard
2002, Vol. 7, No. 1,


I understand that a previous Education Minister used to harangue taxi drivers, amongst others, and ask, 'What is education for?' Easily asked but challenging to answer.

In the same way, and particularly in the context of National Curriculum design and technology for everyone, we should ask, 'What is design and technology for?' What makes it different enough to justify its place in a crowded curriculum? What are its distinguishing characteristics? If children were not taught design and technology, what would they miss?

Should design and technology be for everyone and, if so, should it be the same for everyone?

A brief look at the history of design and technology development indicates the need to reflect society's needs and to think about the wor

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