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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall – Design and Technology Education, 2018
Design activities form an extensive part of design and technology education with a link being posited within the pertinent literature between the cognitive activity of learning and the cognitive activity of design. It is therefore critical that design educators' understand the effects that design constraints can have on the learning process. This…
Descriptors: Design, Learning Processes, Student Reaction, Qualitative Research
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Shore, Linda; Kiernan, Louise; de Eyto, Adam; Bhaird, Deirbhile Nic A.; Connolly, Anne; White, P. J.; Fahey, Tracy; Moane, Siobhan – Design and Technology Education, 2018
The environments we grow old in present a challenge to be adaptive to our changing needs and limitations. Environments, in the context of this paper, are the spaces, products and product service systems that we engage with, alone or with others, within and outside the home. A design coalition (Manzini, 2015) was generated between a number of…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Foreign Countries, Design, Ethnography
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Watkins, Matthew – Design and Technology Education, 2014
This paper presents findings from a doctoral study, which investigated effective methods for teaching social sustainability within product design courses in British and Irish universities. This paper explores approaches for encouraging students to explore the social aspects of sustainable product design through workshops specifically designed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainability, Design, Manufacturing
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Delahunty, Thomas; Seery, Niall; Lynch, Raymond – Design and Technology Education, 2012
Junior Certificate Technical Graphics was introduced in Ireland in 1991 and aimed to develop innovative problem solving aptitudes and knowledge of plane and descriptive geometry (NCCA 1991). Despite the philosophy of breadth and balance (NCCA 2004) associated with educational outcomes in the Junior Certificate curriculum, many subjects, Technical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometry, Knowledge Level, Problem Solving
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McGarr, Oliver; Seery, Niall – Design and Technology Education, 2011
Technology education in Irish post-primary schools is undergoing significant change. In recent years the syllabi of all technology-related subjects have been revised. A new subject, Design and Communication Graphics, has replaced the traditional Technical Drawing subject. This new subject aims to develop students' spatial awareness and graphical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Education, Computer Assisted Design, Technology Integration
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Lane, Diarmaid; Seery, Niall; Gordon, Seamus – Design and Technology Education, 2010
Research (Fish, 2004) suggests that everybody should be taught how to freehand sketch and utilise it as a tool for supporting the visualising instinct. A fundamental shift in philosophy of the technology education system in Ireland towards design driven subjects brought with it a need to develop practising teacher's technological capabilities.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Synthesis, Design
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Leahy, Keelin; Gaughran, William; Seery, Niall – Design and Technology Education, 2009
Design is a discipline which involves many domains, skills and professions. Design practice in Technology education in the Irish second level (high school) context is not a representation of the professional realm of design. Design education in the Irish second level system is generally structured on a linear design process and associated…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Teaching Styles, Educational Technology, Design