Models of Design and Technology and their Significance for Research and Curriculum Development

  • Phil Roberts Loughborough University
  • Eddie Norman Loughborough University

Abstract

Modelling is the activity that is central to designing, and is therefore central in the designing of a school curriculum. The models of designing and of the curriculum that are formed shape both the evolution of the curriculum and its subsequent evaluation. A brief introduction charts some of the reasons for the evolution of simplistic models of designing and notes some of their dangers.

The nature of problems in design and technology is discussed. Some theoretical difficulties in expressing ideas about design and technology are noted and hence the consequential merits of an empirical approach are made evident. The rigorous analysis of good practice should play an important part in research and curriculum development in design and technology, but it is crucial to recognise that such an

Author Biographies

Phil Roberts, Loughborough University

Professor, Department of Design and Technology

Co-Director of the International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development (IDATER)

Eddie Norman, Loughborough University

Senior Lecturer, Department of Design and Technology

Co-Director of the International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development (IDATER)

How to Cite
ROBERTS, Phil; NORMAN, Eddie. Models of Design and Technology and their Significance for Research and Curriculum Development. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JDTE/article/view/507>. Date accessed: 07 dec. 2022.
Section
Research