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Title: Design and technology : disjuncture between policy and practice?
Author: Sargent, R. S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 3083
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2014
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The focus of this thesis is on an exploration of the notion that a disparity exists between the surrounding the secondary school subject of Design and Technology and the reality of provision in the classroom at Key Stage 3. A paragraph entitled 'The importance of design and technology that first appeared in the National Curriculum booklet for Design and Technology 1999 (DfEE/QCA, 1999, p.15) is taken as an authoritative policy text that expresses the reasons for inclusion of the subject in the National Curriculum and against which provision at Key Stage 3 can be compared. This work sets out a theoretical perspective for the analysis of DT provision based on a consideration of curriculum theory and models of curriculum implementation. A case study design was adopted in which the schemes of work for Key Stage 3 from nine secondary schools were collected as evidence of the reality of provision along with group interviews with pupils from two of the schools, and semi-structured interviews with two heads of department. The data was collected in the spring term of 2008 and qualitatively analysed in relation to the seven sentences that make up the statement of importance of the subject. The main findings of this research are that many of the aspects that make up this statement of importance are not being covered by provision in the classroom and that pupils see their experience of the subject as having little relevance to their engagement with technology in the broader context of their lives. This thesis concludes that a disjuncture does exist between policy and practice in relation to the secondary school subject of Design and Technology and that this has implications for teachers of Design and Technology, the training of new teachers of the subject, and policy makers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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