The Role of Language in Design and Technology: Implications for Currcular Changes

Janet White
1987, Vol. 19, No. 2,


Current thinking in the field of design and technology, and in language studies, emphasises knowledge of process as an important outcome of learning and teaching. For example, the attempt to synthesise craft, design and technology subjects into a manageable area for GCSE purposes relies on the identification of common themes of understanding, enquiry and communication. Of the four domains selcted for assessment, one is entitled 'product realisation', while the other three refer to abilities in 'design and problem solving', 'communication', and 'knowledge and understanding' (SEC 1985).

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