New approaches to the use of plastics in design and technology (It isn't all just acrylic!)
The Centre for Design and Technology Education at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is committed not only to training new design and technology teachers through its honours degrees and PGCE routes, but also to providing In-service Training (INSET) opportunities for practising design and technology teachers from middle and secondary schools. The design and technology INSET philosophy that we adhere to is one of providing teachers with the opportunity to experiment and develop new ideas for themselves. A group of wellmotivated design and technology teachers in an appropriate learning environment faced with the challenge of dealing with new concepts, skills and materials, gives opportunity for creative development and ownership of the subject area. Over the past three years it has been good to see that after the dearth of the early 1990s, the number of teachers attending INSET courses has steadily increased. Hopefully this reflects a growing realisation of the importance of sUbject-specific INSET by senior management teams in schools. As a result of this increase in popularity for design and technology INSET, we have been able to expand the range of courses on offer to teachers.