The paper will work within an interpretive and constructivist paradigm. The standpoint of the author is that of a technologist and literature is used to build and argument for the historic relevance of technological achievement; the trustworthiness of the research will be addressed through critical and reflective review of literature. The conclusion ends with polemic and rhetorical questions; based on the discussion; aimed a generating further debate both within the subject and the wider educational communities.
In the context of curriculum change in the English education system; the aim of this paper is to re-examine the role of designing and making activity and technology education. The findings will be literature from contemporary neuroscience; and revisit the original nature of design and technology and current challenges (Ofsted; 2011); highlighting the historical and social importance of the designing and making activity.
A central assertion of this paper is that core subjects; such as science; in the contemporary English curriculum owe their origins to technological innovation; in terms of solving human needs through design and making. As such; they argue for the case for continued inclusion within a broad curriculum; in whatever form it may take; from a cultural rather than purely a technical or economic perspective.
Keywords: Technology; designing; making; design and technology; tool use; neuroscience; cultural psychology; constructivism; socio-technological