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4th Edition

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

Edited By

Alison Hardy

ISBN 9780367336813
Published October 2, 2020 by Routledge
386 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.