Developing values

Susan McLaren

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This chapter explores the role and responsibility of teaching values through Design and Technology. It considers the values encountered through the authentic contexts and topical controversies in which Design and Technology learning tend to be located. Design and Technology education contributes to the development of young people's sensitivity to human and environmental concerns, both locally and globally. It can do much to encourage moral thinking and social responsibility in people, whether they are working as specialist technologists or thinking and acting as consumers, users or citizens. This chapter explores the influence designing and making, to meet needs, wants and desires, have on our environment, society, systems and ethics. It considers the way in which design activity not only reflects the values and beliefs of the community in which it is located, but shapes the values of the wider cultural context in which it is undertaken. The approaches to teaching and learning illustrated encourage pupils to recognise the interconnections of conflicting demands, constraints economic, aesthetic, political, environmental, ethical and moral, as well as ergonomic, technical and scientific values of designing and the consequences of the outcomes. The key intention is support teachers in embedding values based approaches into their own teaching and planning for Design and Technology learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School
Subtitle of host publicationA Companion to School Experience
EditorsGwyneth Owen-Jackson
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781138785250
Publication statusPublished - May 2015


  • teacher education
  • values
  • design and technology education
  • issues based learning


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  • Policy formulation and enactment: Linked up thinking?

    McLaren, S., 2015, Environment, Ethics and Cultures: Design and Technology Education's Contribution to Sustainable Global Futures . Stables, K. & Keirl, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, p. 133-152 19 p. (International Technology Education Series; vol. 5).

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  • Considering some big issues: and the role of technology education in transformational change

    McLaren, S., 2012, Technology Education for Teachers . Williams, J. P. (ed.). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, p. 231-260 28 p. (International Technology Education Series).

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