Article | PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012 | Designerly well-being: Can mainstream schooling offer a curriculum that provides a foundation for developing the lifelong design and technological capability of individuals and societies?

Title:
Designerly well-being: Can mainstream schooling offer a curriculum that provides a foundation for developing the lifelong design and technological capability of individuals and societies?
Author:
Kay Stables: Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
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Year:
2012
Conference:
PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012
Issue:
073
Article no.:
050
Pages:
425-433
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-06-18
ISBN:
978-91-7519-849-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This paper is presented as a position paper that introduces the idea of designerly well-being as the underpinning concept for the development of the Design and Technology (D&T) and Technology Education curricula to be more fit for purpose in the 21st Century. It starts by unpacking the concept of design capability and designerly well-being and then reviews the current turmoil around the D&T curriculum in England as a way of exploring the potential of the subject; reasons why it is seen to have ’underachieved’ and ways in which the curriculum could be re-thought. Examples of initiatives outside of the formal curriculum are provided to illustrate the value of educational activity that isn’t driven by a formal; prescribed curriculum and a case is made for a radical change to the curriculum that re-prioritises the curriculum away from prescribed knowledge and skill and towards developing attributes of designerly well-being such as passion; curiosity; enthusiasm; risk taking; competence and confidence – all developed through the activity of designing and making.

Keywords: Design; Capability; Designerly well-being; Curriculum change

PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Kay Stables
Title:
Designerly well-being: Can mainstream schooling offer a curriculum that provides a foundation for developing the lifelong design and technological capability of individuals and societies?
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PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Kay Stables
Title:
Designerly well-being: Can mainstream schooling offer a curriculum that provides a foundation for developing the lifelong design and technological capability of individuals and societies?
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