The DATA Lecture 2001· Using leT to enhance design and technology

  • Geoff Howard NAAIDT, North Yorkshire


I understand that a previous Education Minister used to harangue taxi drivers, amongst others, and ask, 'What is education for?' Easily asked but challenging to answer.

In the same way, and particularly in the context of National Curriculum design and technology for everyone, we should ask, 'What is design and technology for?' What makes it different enough to justify its place in a crowded curriculum? What are its distinguishing characteristics? If children were not taught design and technology, what would they miss?

Should design and technology be for everyone and, if so, should it be the same for everyone?

A brief look at the history of design and technology development indicates the need to reflect society's needs and to think about the wor

Author Biography

Geoff Howard, NAAIDT, North Yorkshire
Senior Advisor, Past President
How to Cite
HOWARD, Geoff. The DATA Lecture 2001· Using leT to enhance design and technology. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 08 june 2023.