Design & Technology vs Industrial Arts
I initially trained as an Industrial Arts teacher in Canada. The focus was on giving high school students experience in different trades from woodworking and construction to drafting and mechanics. I loved it. I see a lot of value in helping students develop practical skills that could be used for DIY in their own lives or to experience what it might be like to work in a specific trade that could then become a career choice for them.
When I moved to the UK I began teaching Design & Technology. The roots of the subject are in many ways similar to the Industrial Arts background that I had. But everything has to fit under the umbrella of “design” and this gives the subject a very different flavour.
At first I hated the D&T approach. As I spent hours with one of my first classes developing prototype perfume bottle packaging…
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