HOPE, G., 2002. Questioning the design and technology paradigm. Design & Technology Association International Research Conference, 12-14 April, pp. 91-101
My initial reaction to ‘Questioning the design and
technology paradigm’ was a list of questions about the
1. Define paradigm
2. Whose paradigm? (question the and paradigm
singular) What is the design and technology
paradigm? Does a consensual view exist, in the UK?
worldwide? Do teachers know what the present
paradigm is meant to be? How close is this to
political doctrine – the rightness of what we believe?
3. Who is doing the questioning – teachers/implementers
or the politically ambitious?
4. Why and in what way is it being questioned?
5. Does it need to be questioned, if it exists?
6. What changes will this lead to? (change overload?)
Then the questions I would like to ask:
• do we need a consensus view?
• is there not strength in diversity?
• are there not dangers in an agreed ontology?
I definitely want to challenge the one right answer
paradigm. I think that what is needed is a clearer idea of
what design and technology is, or could become. And this,
finally, became the question which I found myself