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ERIC Number: EJ812923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Design-without-Make: Challenging the Conventional Approach to Teaching and Learning in a Design and Technology Classroom
Barlex, David M.; Trebell, Donna
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v18 n2 p119-138 Mar 2008
The purpose of the study reported here was to investigate the use of a design-without-make unit as part of the design and technology curriculum with pupils aged 14. Three research questions drove the study: (a) What sort of designing do pupils do when they work collaboratively to design without having to make what they have designed? (b) What is the teachers' attitude to design-without-make? (c) What is the pupils' attitude to design-without-make? The study is a small pilot and data were collected using semi-structured interviews with a class teacher and two pupils and detailed scrutiny of five pupils' design ideas developed during 6 lessons towards the end of an 18 lessons teaching sequence. Findings indicate that the teacher and pupils in this study responded favourably to design-without-make. The pupils' designing was highly iterative, creative, involved making a wide range of design decisions and revealed understanding of technological concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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