Re-building D&T: Recommendations

In this paper, we have made several recommendations to the Design & Technology Association which are gathered together here.

The emphasis in these recommendations is on the leadership role of the Association; we are not suggesting in any way that the Association can undertake the role of re-building design & technology alone. All members of the community of practice along with those who support the subject of design & technology and those in positions of influence over the subject need to understand the key roles of Epistemology, Clarity of purpose, Good practice and Informed stakeholder perception in re-building design & technology as a key part of the school curriculum. All need to work with and in support of the Association in this endeavour.

Recommendations to the Design & Technology Association

  1. Establish an agreed orthodoxy regarding the knowledge, understanding, skills and values for school design & technology.
  2. Marshall support for a broader view of the purposes of school design & technology to include personal, social and cultural as well as economic aims.
  3. Promote and provide CPD that meets the research criteria for effectiveness.
  4. Establish financial support for effective CPD.
  5. Provide information materials, aimed at the various stakeholder groups, that subject leaders can adapt and use.
  6. Provide a mechanism by which subject leaders can feed the responses of stakeholders back to the Association.
  7. Develop training materials for design & technology ITE and CPD providers covering the key messages in this paper.
  8. Organise an invitation conference for these ITE and CPD providers to discuss and disseminate the materials.
  9. Encourage the design & technology community and its supporters to develop suggestions for action or change which are likely to gain a positive reception from Government.
  10. With key partners from industry and the professions, develop a statement of support for design & technology that clearly defines both the epistemological underpinnings and the broad purposes of design & technology education.
  11. Use this rationale as a platform to persuade others to be active in support of design & technology as a school subject.
  12. Convene an advisory body to explore and examine the issues affecting design & technology in schools from a wide perspective and to report annually in the form of strategic advice.

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