Social Issues as Starting Points for CDT

David Astin
1988, Vol. 20, No. 2,


Many Craft, Design and Technology courses have, to date, purported to meet the needs of the pupil but have failed by divorcing themselves from the true context and, as a result, have bourne little resemblance to the real needs of the individual pupil.

This failure has been illustrated by projects like the designing and making of a tea-caddy spoon when most, if not all, pupils use tea bags, or the tap lever/door handle for disabled or arthritic people without any research being given to the physical limitations caused by being disabled or arthritic.

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