Bridge needed to leap design gap

20th October 1995 at 01:00
Pupils are suffering from a total lack of continuity between primary and secondary teaching in design and technology, according to research to be published next month, writes Brendan O'Malley.

The study led by Professor Richard Kimbell, director of the technology education research unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London, involved monitoring every minute of the technology projects conducted by 80 pupils across all four key stages in 20 schools in the London area.

Professor Kimbell said it showed that between key stages 2 and 3 the most basic features of teaching and learning are reconstructed.

"In the space of a six-week summer holiday, children leaving key stage 2 have completely to transform their view of what they will be doing in the classroom, what the teachers are for and what they expect or don't expect."

He said this shows a need for design and technology teachers to be trained to provide a coherent programme of activities bridging primary and secondary practice.

"We need to enable key stage 2 teachers to interact with key stage 3 teachers, both in formal courses and their respective classrooms. Only in this way might we expect to ameliorate the stark divisions that currently exist," he said.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now