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The National Curriculum (NC) model of design and technological capability is intended to become the
institutionalised model. As the first cohort reaches Key Stage 4 GCSE syllabuses will be altered to fall into
line and no doubt the reform of A and AS levels will be expected to follow, but how well-founded is the basis
for all this reform?
This paper seeks to offer the basis for discussion of the well-foundedness of National Curriculum
Technology in a number of ways:
* by considering the apparent model of design and technological capability that is at its centre
* by questioning its fundamental ideology
* by discussing its documentation
* by reflecting on other models of design and technology.
The discussions concerning changes to GCSEs and educational provision for the
16-19 age range are vital in determining future design and technological capability, and it should not
be taken for granted that the existing model of NC design and technology will prevail.