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How technology makes us human: cultural and historical roots for design and technology education

McLain, MN, Bell, D, Wooff, D and Morrison-Love, D (2018) How technology makes us human: cultural and historical roots for design and technology education. In: 2018 PATT36 International Conference: Research and Practice in Technology Education , 36. pp. 223-230. (36th International Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology Conference, 18 June 2018 - 21 June 2018, Athlone Institute of Technology, Co. Westmeath, Ireland).

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In the continuing context of curriculum change within English education, this paper explores the cultural and historical roots of design and technology, as an educational construct, distinct from design or engineering, which exist as career paths outside of the school curriculum. It is a position piece, drawing on literature from a wide range of sources from writing and outside of the discipline. The authors revisit the original intention of design and technology as a national curriculum subject and within the contemporary challenges, highlight the historical and social importance of technology, including designing and making, as an essentially human and humanising activity. The aim being to contribute to the theorisation and philosophy of the subject, where typically practitioners tend to focus on practical and potentially mundane concerns. This paper asserts that technological human activity is rooted in technological innovation and determinism. The aim is to add to the literature and debate around the place and value of design and technology. The argument for retention of the subject, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, is presented from a socio-technological perspective; recognising the value of the subject as cultural rather than a merely technical or as an economic imperative.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Technology Education Research Group
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:16
Editors: Seery, N, Buckley, J, Canty, D and Phelan, J
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9300
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