Why don't I just throw it in the bin? - evaluation and self-esteem

  • John Garvey Brunel University
  • Antony Quinlan Brunel University


Work in design and technology can provide a unique insight into quality through the process of evaluation. However, this is a two-edged sword in that evaluation can expose children's work to the perceived cold, hard light of public scrutiny. For many children at Key Stages 1 and 2, evaluation can be a daunting, high-risk enterprise due to a lack of self-esteem. Drawing upon case study evidence from work with children in schools, a number of strategies are proposed for children to develop a critical awareness of products and through this, a more confident approach to evaluating their designing and making. These include a graduation from evaluating familiar products made or produced by others, with a key emphasis on food, to evaluation of their own designing and making through the support of 'critical friends' within a group context. It is proposed that product evaluation should be a key feature of primary teaching, based upon regular, simple and brief whole class and group teaching sessions.

Author Biographies

John Garvey, Brunel University
School of Education
Antony Quinlan, Brunel University
School of Education
How to Cite
GARVEY, John; QUINLAN, Antony. Why don't I just throw it in the bin? - evaluation and self-esteem. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JDTE/article/view/379>. Date accessed: 05 dec. 2022.
Curriculum Development - Primary