Unorthodox methodologies: Approaches to understanding design and technology

Stables, Kay and Kimbell, Richard. 2006. Unorthodox methodologies: Approaches to understanding design and technology. In: M. deVries and I. Mottier, eds. International handbook of technology education: Reviewing the past twenty years. Sense Publishers, pp. 313-330. ISBN 9077874062 [Book Section]

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The chapter draws together the new, innovative methodologies for researching design and design learning, developed jointly by Stables and Kimbell over the 20 years in question. These methodologies have made a particular contribution to a research field that is still relatively under-developed. The lead author (Stables) analysed the methodologies to produce an account of the more unorthodox but rigorous approaches used. The approaches reported are exemplified by four projects spanning the era: the Assessment of Performance in Design and Technology (1985-1991); Understanding Technological Approaches (1992-1994); Evaluating the (South Africa) North West Province Technology Education Project (1998-1999); and Assessing Design Innovation (2002-2004).

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This 7,750 word chapter was internationally refereed and selected to be included in the International Handbook of Technology Education - a book that launched a new International Technology Education series of Sense Publishers and that provides a survey of international developments in Technology Education over the last 20 years.


design; technology; education

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20 Mar 2008 17:45

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23 Jun 2017 12:39


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