Researching Design Learning: Issues and Findings from Two Decades of Research and Development

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 27, 2008 - Architecture - 326 pages
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Design & Technology evolved in the school curriculum from the mid 1960s. By the 1980s it had become mainstream for the British government to fund research exploring what learners could do when challenged with design & technology tasks. The authors worked together on that project, producing in 1991 the first seminal research report on learners’ capability in design & technology.

This book summarises the lessons learned from this and other projects. The book’s messages centre on the designing activity, on learning, teaching and assessment, and, more widely, on what can be learnt about the research process itself. The authors aim to answer questions such as: How does the active, concrete learning tradition enable cognitive and emotional growth? What influences bear upon the process; the teacher, the environment, the task, the learners themselves? Researching such questions, their concerns have integrated the conceptual, the practical and the pedagogic.

 

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Contents

Dedication
vi
Foreword
ix
Preface
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii
INTRODUCTION
1
OUR PHILOSOPHICAL POSITION
11
Capability A Philosophical Position
12
Learning and Teaching A Philosophical Position
29
Continuing Fundamental Research
139
Public Policy Research
152
Evaluating Curricular Initiatives
183
EMERGING ISSUES AND UNDERSTANDINGS
215
Processes Activities and Tasks
216
Learning and Teaching
231
Assessing Performance
245
Learner Differences
269

Assessment A Philosophical Position
45
Research A Philosophical Position
56
THE PROJECTS
65
APU Design Technology
67
Further Performance Assessment
99
Research Methodology
286
Concluding Reflections
305
References
309
Index
318
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Goldsmiths College