1st Edition

Teaching Design and Technology Creatively

Edited By Clare Benson, Suzanne Lawson Copyright 2017
    200 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.