16th June 2000 at 01:00
LIVE WELL, LIVE WISELY. By Cath Miller and James Pitt. Intermediate Technology Publications, pound;11.50

Available from 103 - 105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH. Tel: 020 7436 9761 Few would argue against the need to maintain a broad approach to teaching design and technology. While working with a range of materials, pupils should deal with a range of scenarios and consider many, sometimes conflicting, design constraints.

Finding a starting point to move away from the confines of the classroom is sometimes difficult, but one area that many teachers may want to explore is that of sustainable development. Education for sustainable development gives pupils an understanding of the environmental, social and economic issues involved in any technological activity. Every product will have an immediate impact but could also have longer-term consequences for the world in which we live. Just think about the motor car.

Live Well, Live Wisely is a valuable resource to support design and technology in key stage 3. The focus is on sustainable and appropriate technologies,presenting complex issues in an accessible and attractive format. The resource pack includes teacher's notes, case studies and worksheets. Focused tasks help pupils to develop the skills and knowledge to be applied in design and activities are linked to case studies. The material is photocopiable and well laid-out.

The four themes of food, transport, solar power and personal appearance have been carefully chosen to show appropriate technology in action around the world. Each case study is accompanied by colour picture cards illustrating key points for pupils.

The projects included in the pack may spark pupil's interest to explore further the role of appropriate technology in sustainable development. Each unit includes details of where to get more information and the pack is a supplement to the Sustainable Technology education project's website - The material will also be of interest to teachers of science, human-ities, citizenship and PSHE.

Bob Welch is senior adviser (curriculum and assessment) for Bracknell Forest, Berkshire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today