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Design and Technology in the United Kingdom


Stephanie Atkinson

Sunderland Polytechnic, GB
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Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, Sunderland Polytechnic, Sunderland, England.
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“Handicraft” was a recognized subject in the national education system of the United Kingdom (UK) almost a century ago. But it is only in the past sixty years that the curriculum area we in the UK now call “Design and Technology” has progressed from single material, craft-skill based courses for the less able to a thinking, feeling, doing activity drawing on and linking with a wide range of subject bases for all pupils of compulsory school age. In comparison to many subjects in the current school curriculum, Design and Technology is still in its infancy.
How to Cite: Atkinson, S. (1990). Design and Technology in the United Kingdom. Journal of Technology Education, 2(1), 1–12. DOI:
Published on 22 Sep 1990.
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