CONWAY, R., 1999. Lessons for technology education from social, ethical and environmental audits. IDATER Conference 1999, Loughborough: Loughborough University
Design and Technology education has a crucial role to play in preparing young people for
responsible citizenship. Technological literacy will be needed in order to evaluate and influence
what is happening in societies dominated by globalisation and its technological underpinning.
Companies are increasingly taking seriously their responsibility for sustainable development
(sustainable for the life of the planet and for human communities). The social, ethical and
environmental audits that are being conducted can bring to life for students the human and
environmental context of technological projects, and highlight the criteria for quality that
might meet the demands of sustainable development. Furthermore, students can be inspired
by the people-centred details contained in the audits to examine and debate the fundamental
perspectives and commitments on which the pursuit of sustainable development is based. This
can strengthen their own values, skills and aptitudes which are needed both to make value
judgements in the course of designing and making products, and to handle their responsibilities
in the future.
This is a conference paper from the IDATER Archive.