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Towards a signature pedagogy for design and technology education: a literature review

McLain, MN (2021) Towards a signature pedagogy for design and technology education: a literature review. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. ISSN 0957-7572

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Drawing on the work of Lee Shulman, this article reviews literature exploring the concept of signature pedagogies, which are described as having have surface, deep and implicit structures. These structures are complex and changing; concerned with habits of head, hand and heart. Emerging from professional education and now being explored in STEM and Humanities education, they are characteristic forms of teaching and learning that are common across a sector. Common themes emerge from within a range of disciplines including art, built environment, design, music, religious, social work and teacher education. These include the roles of the curriculum, the teacher, the learning environment, as well as capability, uncertainty and the challenges associated with signature pedagogies. Focusing on literature from design education, the paper explores the nature of signature pedagogy in design and technology, as a tool for professional discourse. The conclusions propose a discursive framework for design and technology education in which the structures are tied together by the three fundamental activities of ideating, realising and critiquing; more commonly thought of as designing, making and evaluating. The deep structure being project-based learning, undergirded by the implicit values and attitudes associated with design thinking; including collaboration, creativity, empathy, iteration and problem solving. Design and technology education has something unique to offer the broad and balanced curriculum through its signature pedagogies and the way that knowledge is experienced by learners.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design and Technology Education; Literature Review; Shulman; Signature Pedagogies
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 16:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14596
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