The Relationship between Design & Technology

John Mattick
1988, Vol. 20, No. 2,


In the last few months, as I have been visiting schools, which is one of the privileges of this particular occupation, people have been voicing their anxieties about what they perceive as a potential snare facing them. It is that in some senses they could envisage CDT in the future dissolving into three:

technological activity, design activity, and craft - something separate again. I would like to discuss that, and also speak about two other important issues. One is to offer some, I hope, provocative thoughts about the issue of progression in our subject; the other is to make a few remarks about technological language. I hope, in the plenary that follows, there will be an opportunity for you to challenge these things as some of them will be rather tentative.

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