Information communication technology (ICT) in secondary design and technology (D&T) teaching: a study of partner schools linked to a postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE) course

2006-05-04T15:02:03Z (GMT) by Marion Rutland Laurence Pepper
This paper is based on a small-scale research project carried out in July 1999 by tutors and a teacher mentor of a postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) Secondary D&T ITE course. The research examined the ICT resources available, their use in the curriculum, possible problems in the use of ICT, and inservice (INSET) requirements in a sample of nine of their partner schools working with D&T students. The course tutors, because of concerns about the variation of ICT D&T resources available for use, initiated the research in a sample of the partner schools. In recent years there had been a marked rise in the ICT capability of the students entering the PGCE due, it was felt, to the increased use of computers on their degree courses combined with wider access and use of computers in the work place and at home. The implications of the data collected are considered in terms of the revised Design and Technology National Curriculum to be implemented in English schools in September 2000 and the Government Circular 4/98 'Requirements for courses of Initial Teacher Training' (1998). Reference is made to the establishment of the 'CAD/CAM Initiatives in Schools', the Government-supported national computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) scheme. The paper presents the findings of the research, draws some conclusions and makes some recommendations to address the deficiencies highlighted in the study.