BARLEX, D., 2002. Questioning the design and technology paradigm. Design & Technology Association International Research Conference, 12-14 April, pp. 1-10
In this paper I present a brief background to the questioning
of the design and technology paradigm made by Andy
Breckon before using the work of seven acknowledged
experts in the field of design and technology education to
scrutinise the validity and practicality of this questioning.
The experts are David Layton, Richard Kimbell, Robert
McCormick, Patricia Murphy, Mike Ive HMI, Malcolm
Welch and Stephen Petrina. Next I consider the nature of
design and technology within the school curriculum as if it
were a brand competing for attention with other brands in
the curriculum. I then use the experience of the Young
Foresight Initiative to consider specifically Andy’s position
on design and technology innovation. Finally, I sum up by
identifying future directions for the subject that have
emerged from considering Andy’s paper.