3rd Edition

Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School
A companion to school experience

ISBN 9781138785250
Published May 20, 2015 by Routledge
346 Pages

USD $60.95

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Book Description

Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School is established as a core text for all those training to teach Design and Technology in the secondary school. It helps you develop subject knowledge, acquire a deeper understanding of the role, purpose and potential of Design and Technology within the secondary curriculum, and provides the practical skills needed to plan, teach and evaluate stimulating and creative lessons.

This third edition has been fully updated in light of the latest curriculum, policy and theory, as well as exciting changes in the field of design and technology.  Designed to be read as a course or dipped into to for support and advice, it covers:

    • Developing areas of subject knowledge
    • Health and safety
    • Planning lessons
    • Organising and managing the classroom
    • Teaching and learning with digital technologies
    • Teaching wider issues through design and technology 
    • Assessment issues
    • Your own professional development.

Bringing together insights from current educational theory and the best contemporary classroom teaching and learning, this book will prove an invaluable resource for all student and newly qualified teachers – as well as their mentors - who aspire to become effective, reflective teachers.

Table of Contents


  1. Design and technology in the secondary school – Gwyneth Owen-Jackson  2. Design and technology in the primary school – Clare Benson  3. Health and safety in design and technology – Dave Leask  4. Preparing to teach design – John Robson  5. Preparing to teach electronics, actuation and control technologies – Tony Cowell  6. Preparing to teach food technology – Marion Rutland and Gwyneth Owen-Jackson  7. Preparing to teach materials technology – Alan Bright  8. Preparing to teach textiles technology – Sue Wood-Griffiths, Suzanne Lawson and Alison Winson  9. Preparing to teach graphics – John Robson  10. Preparing to teach with digital technologies – Sarah Davies and Alison Hardy  11. Pupil learning in design and technology – Gwyneth Owen-Jackson  12. Teaching design and technology – Alison Hardy and Sarah Davies  13. Assessing design and technology – Susan V. McLaren  14. Planning to teach design and technology – Gwyneth Owen-Jackson  15. Developing links with other subjects – Lucy Bolsover and Gwyneth Owen-Jackson  16. Developing values – Susan V. McLaren  17. Developing work with disruptive technologies – David Barlex, Nick Givens and Torben Steeg  18. Your professional development – Gwyneth Owen-Jackson


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Gwyneth Owen-Jackson is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education, The Open University, UK.