4th Edition

Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School A Companion to School Experience

Edited By Alison Hardy Copyright 2021
    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School is a core text for all those training to teach design and technology in the secondary school. It helps you develop subject knowledge, acquire a deeper understanding of the role, purpose and potential of design and technology within the secondary curriculum, and provides the practical skills needed to plan, teach and evaluate stimulating and creative lessons.

    This fully updated fourth edition includes information on all areas of design and technology, and on new subject requirements relating to exam qualifications. It includes three new chapters on the role of critiquing in design and technology education, transitions after secondary design and technology, and using and producing design and technology education research. Designed to be read as a course or dipped into for support and advice, it covers:

      • Each area of design and technology: materials, textiles, electronics and food
      • Integrating new curriculum topics, such as emerging technologies, into your teaching
      • Developing areas of subject knowledge
      • Health and safety
      • Planning lessons
      • Organising and managing the classroom
      • Teaching wider issues through design and technology 
      • Assessment issues
      • Your own professional development.

    Bringing together insights from current educational theory and the best contemporary classroom teaching and learning, this book will prove an invaluable resource for students on all training routes – as well as their mentors – who aspire to become effective, reflective design and technology teachers.


    Part 1 Design and technology in education


    1 Design and technology in the Secondary School

    Alison Hardy

    2 Design and technology in the primary school

    Clare Benson

    Part 2 Design and technology curriculum


    3 Designing in design and technology

    Paul Woodward

    4 Teaching design communication skills

    Jamie Tinney and Mike Mellors

    5 Preparing to teach materials technology

    Alan Bright

    6 Preparing to teach textiles

    Suzanne Lawson and Heidi Bemrose-Brown

    7 Preparing to teach electronics and control technologies

    Tony Cowell

    8 Preparing to teach food within the secondary school curriculum

    Marion Rutland and Angela Turner

    9 Teaching about disruption: a key feature of new and emerging technologies

    David Barlex, Torben Steeg and Nick Givens

    10 The role of critiquing in design and technology education

    Steve Keirl

    11 Health and safety in design and technology

    David Leask

    Part 3 Teaching design and technology


    12 Planning lessons in design and technology

    Sarah Davies

    13 Key pedagogies in design and technology

    Matt McLain

    14 Planning for progression in design and technology

    Alison Hardy

    15 Assessing design and technology

    Suzanne Norris

    16 Developing links with other subjects

    Deborah Winn

    Part 4 Developing your design and technology teaching and career


    17 Values in design and technology

    Mike Martin

    18 Transitions after secondary design and technology

    Rebecca Topps

    19 Your professional development

    Liam Anderson

    20 Using and producing design and technology education research

    Stephanie Atkinson


    Alison Hardy is Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She teaches on the PGCE Design and Technology course and is Lead for the MA Education programme.