Examining GCSE Design and Technology - Insights from the Nuffield Design and Technology Project

  • David Barlex Nuffield Design and Technology, London

Abstract

This article looks critically at the ways in which design and technology is currently examined at GCSE level. It identifies two key elements, technology for citizenship and designer maker capability, and explores how these might be assessed. It discusses the issue of group work in examined projects and questions the place of written examinations in assessing deigner maker capability. It presents a preliminary analysis of 1998 higher tier examination papers in terms of eight question types discussed in the Nuffield D and T KS4 Teachers' Guides. Finally, the article makes a plea for an assessment scheme that matches the requirements of teaching designer maker capability and technology for citizenship.

Author Biography

David Barlex, Nuffield Design and Technology, London
Director
How to Cite
BARLEX, David. Examining GCSE Design and Technology - Insights from the Nuffield Design and Technology Project. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://www.ariadne.ac.uk/JDTE/article/view/304>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2021.
Section
Curriculum Development - Secondary