Design Evaluation: Beyond Likes and Dislikes

  • Susan V McLaren University of Strathclyde


The aim of this paper is to explore the place of product evaluation within design and technology education in Scotland. It discusses the potential impact of the National Guidelines for 5-14 Environmental Studies Technology' framework on the pupil learning experiences. The programmes of work which meet the guidelines are those that encourage exploration of the influences and factors which a designer has to consider and the advantages and disadvantages of applications of technology on a range of user groups, environments and cultures. The place of evaluation in post-14 technology courses is also discussed.

The value of developing an informed citizen who appreciates the 'non-neutrality' of technology is the subject of many an author. However, there is at present very little literature on pedagogy and methodology that helps to interpret the rationale and concepts into classroom appropriate activities. This paper describes s

Author Biography

Susan V McLaren, University of Strathclyde
Lecturer in Design and Technology
How to Cite
MCLAREN, Susan V. Design Evaluation: Beyond Likes and Dislikes. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 3, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 08 june 2023.
Curriculum Development - Secondary