The above consideration of the ideas “of” and “about” design & technology is at a high level of summary and considerable detail will need to be added as teachers devise a curriculum that incorporates these ideas. And it is important that such detail is added in a way that embraces a wide range of approaches to design incorporating, for example, the practices of different cultures in different places and at different times. In this way, an over-emphasis on modern Eurocentric approaches can be avoided and the insights of indigenous peoples can be taken into account.
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