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Teaching Design and Technology Creatively

1st Edition

Edited by Clare Benson, Suzanne Lawson


184 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Packed full of practical ideas, Teaching Design and Technology Creatively is a stimulating source of guidance for busy trainee and practising teachers. Grounded in the latest research, it offers a wealth of suggestions to foster creative development in D&T and supports teachers in providing their students with more authentic, enjoyable experiences.

Providing a wealth of ready-to-use ideas for creative lessons, key topics covered include:

  • Understanding links between D&T and creativity
  • Creating a foundation for D&T in the early years
  • Using objects, books and real-life contexts as imaginative starting points
  • Developing designerly thinking
  • Making the most of construction kits
  • Helping children draw to develop their ideas
  • Encouraging dialogic talk in D&T to drive learning
  • Exploring food as a creative resource
  • Practical approaches to embedding IT and programming in the curriculum
  • Taking learning outside the classroom.

Teaching Design and Technology Creatively provides practical teaching suggestions to ensure teachers of all levels understand how to teach for creativity. It shows how learning experiences in D&T have the potential to extend children’s technological knowledge, and to promote problem-solving and evaluation skills. Drawing on examples from real-world projects, this text is invaluable for all those who wish to engage students in D&T and encourage creative classroom practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Setting the context: design and technology and creativity, Clare Benson

  2. Teaching creatively and teaching for creativity, Marion Rutland and Sue Miles-Pearson

  3. Teaching design and technology creatively in the early years, Clare Benson

  4. Creative Design and Technology through starting points, James Archer

  5. Creativity in Design, Remke Klapwijk

  6. Drawing as a Tool for Thought: How children can use drawing to develop their creative design ideas, Gill Hope

  7. Creative learning and teaching with construction kits, Eric Parkinson

  8. Exploratory and dialogic talk and creative learning, Caroline Colfer

  9. Creativity in Food, Suzanne Lawson & Sue Wood-Griffith

  10. Linking Design and Technology and Computing to promote creative learning experiences, Sally Hardman and Pam Maunders

  11. Children learning outside the classroom, Louise Milne

  12. Creativity through Conversation, Wendy Fox-Turnbull

  13. Creativity – future challenges and rewards, Steve Keirl

About the Editors

Clare Benson is Professor of Primary Education, specialist D&T, Birmingham City University, UK.

Suzanne Lawson is Senior Lecturer and the PGCE Secondary Course Leader, University of Worcester, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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