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Our culture is underpinned by electronics technology and yet the number of students given
the opportunity to study electronic technological concepts and apply these in design and
make activities in secondary education is pitifully low. At the heart of the difficulties lie the
inherent conceptual demands of electronics for both teachers and students.
This paper explores new approaches to electronics education with exciting opportunities for
creative work through a case study of two students on the Primary BEd Teacher training
course at The Nottingham Trent University engaged in their final year D&T projects. One
student used conventional electronics and the other a micro-controller approach. Both
projects demonstrated exceptional outcomes but the approaches showed marked
differences, which shed light on the difficulties of using electronics for D&T project work and
the significance of knowledge, which can either help or hinder metacognitive processes.