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Title: Designed for citizenship? Innovation, technology and social reponsibility
Authors: Zanker, Nigel P.
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Hodder Murray
Citation: ZANKER, N., 2006. Designed for citizenship? Innovation, technology and social reponsibility. IN: Breslin, T. and Dufour, B. (eds), Developing Citizens: A Comprehensive Introduction to Effective Citizenship Education in the Secondary School. London: Hodder Murray
Abstract: Design is concerned with innovation. It is a field of study in which designers, from their imagination, create two- or three-dimensional models of products that they think people want or need. Technology is concerned with the use of tools, materials and processes. It is also a field of study in which technologists or industrialists bring products into working reality from designers’ imagination. These products may be objects, systems or environments. Both these fields of study have, therefore, become one subject, Design and Technology, in our school curriculum. It is through this subject that pupils are taught how to design and to make products. Designers and technologists have become much more aware in recent decades of the social and environmental aspects associated with the designing, making, use and disposal of products. There is now an increased social responsibility - shared by consumers, designers and politicians - not to destroy life and the environment in the process. Similarly, in schools, teachers of Design and Technology foster an awareness of social responsibility through their students’ designing and making. It is this that forms the basis of the link between the school subjects of Citizenship and Design and Technology. This chapter explores this link by reviewing the literature and resources currently available to Design and Technology teachers. It proposes some strategies, through illustrative examples, for teachers to develop their students’ active citizenship skills of participation and responsible action through designing and making.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2728
ISBN: 0340926821
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