The ability to manage change is now a desirable
attribute for those who work in today’s rapidly
changing competitive environment. It is especially
important for those who manage people and
teams in nearly every type of industry and
business. The education field is no exception.
Placed in this context, this paper considers some
of the issues that effect the management of
design and technology in an ever demanding
It begins by placing Design and Technology in
terms of the macro and micro influences on its
change field. A number of models will be examined
which relate design and technology to the external
and internal pressures.
The work then goes on to propose a change model
for design and technology. This emphasises the
need to focus on team building as a methodology
to manage change. To support the theoretical
work a number of semi-structured interviews have
been carried out in schools in the North West of
England. Those interviewed include Heads of
Department, subject teachers, newly qualified
teachers and trainee teachers. The findings from
this work provides an insight into current design
and technology management approaches and how
effective these are at creating a design and
technology department that can adapt to change.
The field work has been used to evaluate the
merits and demerits of the theoretical change
models and how these may be used to develop a
department that can cope with change.