Supporting children's learning in primary design and technology with information technology: technology with information technology:

Alan Pritchard
1997, Vol. 2, No. 2,


This paper considers some of the possibilities for supporting children's learning in design and technology with information technology in the primary school by looking at a range of published documents and the suggestions and advice which they outline. A report is made on the results of a small scale survey of practising teachers with responsibility for the coordination of design and technology in primary schools.

It appears from the results of the survey that although there are many potentially important uses to which IT can be put, in the context of learning in design and technology, these have not been taken up by teachers to any great extent.

Brief consideration is given to the possible reasons for this situation, and some thoughts are presented concerning working towards more rapid change.

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