An Experimental Analysis of Two Craft Design and Technology Classes

D. W. Egelstaff
1983, Vol. 15, No. 2,


Two experienced teachers from the same comprehensive school taught first-year classes for one year. Both used strategies which involved a combination of design and toolwork but with varying emphases. Overall, the outcome in one metal workshop was more predictable than the other.

Of particular interest, is the finding that high ability pupils prefer to work out decisions for themselves, rather than work from designs given to them. Low ability pupils have equal preference for their own designs and the teacher's.

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