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Woodcock, Andree; Osmond, Jane; Tovey, Michael; McDonagh, Deana – Design and Technology Education, 2019
Threshold concept models offer a useful way of understanding aspects of design education. A threshold concept represents a gateway, or portal, to a more developed understanding and level of capability (Meyer, Land & Davies, 2008). Passing through a threshold can be transformative, irreversible, integrative and troublesome. Key transformations…
Descriptors: Empathy, Design, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education
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Camacho, Heilyn; Skov, Mette; Svarre, Tanja; Ryberg, Thomas – Design and Technology Education, 2018
Governments, public sector institutions and organisations have started releasing and sharing information in the format of open data (OD). The opportunities to create and innovate with OD will continue to grow, and there is an expectation that educational institutions will produce competitive graduates with OD skills. A key question arising from…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Models, Foreign Countries, Problem Based Learning
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Sellen, Katherine – Design and Technology Education, 2018
Different communities, organizations, and people hold different views on their own and others' wellbeing. It is often challenging to balance different perspectives during the design process when the truth of medicine is competing with the truth of social media and the everyday experience of wellbeing of patients, caregivers, family and friends. In…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Competency Based Education, Graduate Students, Masters Programs
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Ranscombe, Charlie; Bissett-Johnson, Katherine – Design and Technology Education, 2017
Literature on the use of design tools in educational settings notes an uneasy relationship between student use of traditional hand sketching and digital modelling tools (CAD) during the industrial design process. This is often manifested in the transition from sketching to CAD and exacerbated by a preference of current students to use CAD. In this…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Computer Assisted Design, Concept Formation, Models
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Snape, Paul – Design and Technology Education, 2017
As times change we need to continually review what our education systems offer and where priorities might lie. The Technology and Knowledge Ages of the twenty-first century have brought about new understandings, new ways of doing things, and an array of new career and workplace opportunities. Employees today are expected to bring more than an…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Skill Development, Cooperative Learning, Communication Skills
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Stables, Kay – Design and Technology Education, 2014
This article presents the concept of "designerly wellbeing," identifying the value for individuals and society of the development of the design capability inherent in all humans. The concept builds on ideas more generally of capability, well-being and democratic design and is characterised as the satisfaction, pride, confidence and…
Descriptors: Design, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Preferences
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Fleischmann, Katja; Daniel, Ryan – Design and Technology Education, 2013
Increasing complexity is one of the most pertinent issues when discussing the role and future of design, designers and their education. The evolving nature of digital media technology has resulted in a profession in a state of flux with increasingly complex communication and design problems. The ability to collaborate and interact with other…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Design, Teaching Methods
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Danos, Xenia – Design and Technology Education, 2013
The paper describes the importance of graphicacy as a key communication tool in our everyday lives. The need to better understand the development of graphicacy and its use in the school curriculum is emphasised. The need for a new research tool is explained and the development of a new taxonomy of graphicacy is described. The use of this tool…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Graphs, Visual Literacy, Taxonomy
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Jones, Lewis C. R.; Tyrer, John R.; Zanker, Nigel P. – Design and Technology Education, 2013
This paper explores the pedagogy underpinning the use of laser manufacturing methods for the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at key stage 3 design and technology. Clock making (horology) has been a popular project in design and technology (D&T) found in many schools, typically it focuses on aesthetical…
Descriptors: Lasers, Manufacturing, STEM Education, Teaching Methods
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Croft, Michael – Design and Technology Education, 2012
This paper starts from the premise that drawing can be a means of visualising thinking, with an emphasis on the process involved. A gap often seems to exist in the minds of students of visual/material creative fields in ideas-generative contexts, between thought and action. The thesis is that the gap between thinking and doing can be reduced to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research, Freehand Drawing, Visualization
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Zarin, Ru; Lindbergh, Kent; Fallman, Daniel – Design and Technology Education, 2012
Widely acknowledged as an archetypal design activity, sketching is typically carried out using little more than pen and paper. Today's designed artifacts however, are often given qualities that are hard to capture with traditional means of sketching. While pen and paper sketching catches the character of a building, it may not equally well capture…
Descriptors: Building Design, Architecture, Animation, Workshops
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Mettas, Alexandros; Norman, Eddie – Design and Technology Education, 2011
This paper discusses the establishment of a framework for researching children's decision-making skills in design and technology education through taking a grounded theory approach. Three data sources were used: (1) analysis of available literature; (2) curriculum analysis and interviews with teachers concerning their practice in relation to their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Education, Design, Grounded Theory
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Onion, Alice; Follett, Brian – Design and Technology Education, 2011
This paper gives a short overview of the UK government's STEM agenda and then considers one aspect in depth--the STEM Advisory Forum. It explains how the Forum operates to draw together views from across the STEM community through online discussions and face-to-face events. Four examples are given of topics that have been dealt with by the Forum.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Federal Government, STEM Education, Government School Relationship
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Lebeaume, Joel – Design and Technology Education, 2011
The French school system is a subjects-centred curriculum from the beginning of 1960s. This deep-rooted organisation tends to block the several attempts made to integrate the teaching of scientific school subjects. From an historical point of view, this paper describes the curricular system and the issue of its current change. It focuses on the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Baynes, Ken; Baynes, Brochocka – Design and Technology Education, 2010
This paper discusses design and design education in the context of four major social and environmental concerns identified by Bruce Archer in 1973: overpopulation; pollution; depletion of natural resources; control. It argues for the social and economic importance of design education in primary and secondary schools. It identifies "designerly…
Descriptors: Design, Technology Education, Overpopulation, Pollution
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