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2nd Edition

Debates in Design and Technology Education

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ISBN 9780367763732
December 27, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Design and technology is a relatively new subject compared to more traditional subjects and during its brief existence it has garnered widespread debate in schools. This book aims to explore some of these debates and challenge the reader with new perspectives about the subject by presenting and questioning arguments about the purpose, content and place of design and technology in the school curriculum. It will encourage the reader to critically reflect on their own beliefs and practices to reach informed judgements and perspectives that will affect how they teach and think about design and technology.

Exploring the major issues that design and technology teachers encounter in their professional lives as well as introducing new topics they may never have considered before, this comprehensive second edition has been fully updated with 16 chapters focusing on emerging and enduring debates, including:

  • How do we do race in Design & Technology
  • What’s so special about design and technology anyway?
  • Design cognition in design and technology classrooms
  • Exploring the potential of feedback in the creative processes of a D&T classroom
  • Does food fit in Design and Technology?
  • The role of making in D&T

With its combination of expert opinion and fresh insight, Debates in Design and Technology Education is the ideal companion for any student or practicing teacher engaged in initial training, continuing professional development or Masters level study.

Table of Contents


Alison Hardy

Part 1: Political and international debates about design and technology.

Chapter 1 Government policies and design and technology education

Daniel Wakefield

Alison Hardy

Chapter 2 International perspectives on technology education

Frank Banks

P. John Williams

Chapter 3 How do we do race in design and technology?

Bhavna Prajapat

Rose Sinclair

Alison Hardy

Part 2: Debates about design and technology

Chapter 4 Why did Design and Technology education fail and what might replace it?

David Spendlove

Chapter 5 What’s so special about design and technology anyway?

Matt McLain

Chapter 6 Does Food Fit in Design and Technology?

Suzanne Lawson

Susan Woods-Griffiths

Chapter 7 Role of making in D&T

Mike Martin

Chapter 8 Entrepreneurship in technology education

Adri du Toit

Chapter 9 Gendering the curriculum

Ulrika Sultan

Chapter 10 Managing Curriculum Change

Sarah Davies

Part 3: Teaching design and technology

Chapter 11 Influence of teachers’ perceptions of subject knowledge on pedagogical approaches

Dawne Irving-Bell

Chapter 12 Transition between primary and secondary school

Cathy Growney

Chapter 13 Teaching for Technological justice: Embracing indigenous designs

Mishack Gumbo

Chapter 14 Design cognition in design and technology classrooms

Nicolaas Blom

Chapter 15 A hybrid design sketching approach that can drive critical thinking in design and technology

Yaone Rapitsenyane

Richie Moalosi

Thatayaone Mosepedi

Chapter 16 Exploring the potential of feedback within the creative processes of a design and technology classroom

Alice Schut


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Alison Hardy is an Associate Professor, writer, researcher, and podcaster. Alison's work centres on design and technology education. She has edited Learning to Teach Design and Technology and Redesigning D&T. You can find out more about Alison on her website: or on Twitter: @hardy_alison