Quality teaching in primary school design and technology

Robert Bowen
1996, Vol. 1, No. 1,


This research will help you think about:

  • The meaning of 'quality' in your classrooms
  • The relationship between design and make assignments and associated focused practical tasks
  • Strategies for reflecting on your own practice

This paper draws its evidence from my Ph.O. research project set in a cluster of schools. The work is on-going and classroom based. Questions about the nature and practice of design and technology throughout the primary phase have been addressed by observer/participant teaching approaches and resultant data analysed through the processes of 'Reflexive Critique' and 'Critical Incident' analysis. The work is now moving towards its concluding phase in which implications for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses and In-Service Education and Training (INSET) are emerging.

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