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Title: '...we're not designing for a specific user at key stage 3'. Teachers' lack of planning of user-centred tasks in Design and Technology at key stage 3 in England and implication this has for pupils’ understanding of complex design tasks
Authors: Nicholl, Bill
Hosking, Ian
Elton, Edward
Lee, Yanki
Bell, Jacqueline
Clarkson, John
Keywords: User-centred design
Inclusive design
Design and technology
Designing Our Tomorrow (EPSRC)
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Goldsmiths, University of London / The editors
Citation: NICHOLL, B. ... et al, 2011. '...we're not designing for a specific user at key stage 3'. Teachers' lack of planning of user-centred tasks in Design and Technology at key stage 3 in England and implication this has for pupils’ understanding of complex design tasks. IN: Stables, K., Benson, C. and de Vries, M. (eds). Proceedings of PATT 25 & CRIPT 8: Perspectives on Learning in Design and Technology Education, London, UK, 1st-5th July, pp. 312-320.
Abstract: This paper discusses the importance of user-centred design by outlining its history , embodiment in national and international standards (for example, British Standards Institute, 2005) and its relevance in addressing the needs of an ageing population. It also outlines how a user-centred approach to design and technology has been part National Curriculum in England since 1989. Using data collected from two schools which includes, teacher interviews (n=4); pupil focus group interviews (12 pupils comprising 6 boys and 6 girls from two schools); a pupils survey (n=50) and departmental documents such as schemes of work, we found that many of the tasks teachers plan for students, do not provide them with the opportunities that allow for a user-centred approach. We discuss the implications of this and make some initial conclusions as part of our on-going research.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8696
Publisher Link: http://www.gold.ac.uk/patt/programme/
ISBN: 9781906897109
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Contributions (Design School)

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