I Think Therefore I Design

Lawler, Tony. 2006. I Think Therefore I Design. In: M. deVries and I. Mottier, eds. International Handbook of Technology Education: Reviewing the past twenty years. Sense, pp. 261-272. ISBN 9077874062 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores the growth in meaning of the activity of '��designing' through a 20 year time-line. This development is seen both in terms of professional design practice and in terms of school curricula. It charts the change and positioning of designing from being '��implicit' within professional practice eg. architecture and engineering; to being an '��umbrella' and generic activity out of which such activities spring. The title thus seeks, somewhat playfully, to misquote Descartes, and suggest that 'designing' is a defining human activity. The chapter defends the notion that the omission of the activity of '��designing' within technology education, (as it is in many international curricula) seriously weakens the pedagogy -�� making it more obsessed with subject content and less likely to challenge learners' higher-order conceptual processes.

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In 2005, an International Conference celebrated twenty years of curriculum innovation and development establishing Technology Education as a world-wide phenomenon. The conference was organised and managed by de-Vries; editor of the principal International Journal of Technology Education. The papers for that conference were internationally refereed and appeared in the Proceedings. Subsequently a further review process identified a collection of the best papers from the conference, and these were published in this Sense volume edited by de-Vries.


Design; Technology; Education

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20 Mar 2008 17:43

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