International Handbook of Primary Technology Education

Reviewing the Past Twenty Years

  • Clare Benson
  • Julie Lunt

Part of the International Technology Education Studies book series (ITES, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Country Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marjolaine Chatoney, Jacques Ginestié
      Pages 13-27
    3. Gill Hope, Zanariah Mahyun Yusef, Ramachandran Vengrasalam
      Pages 51-60
    4. Gary O’Sullivan
      Pages 89-95
    5. Aki Rasinen, Pasi Ikonen, Timo Rissanen
      Pages 97-105
    6. Andrew Stevens, Kate Ter Morshuizen
      Pages 107-116
  3. Issues Within Design and Technology Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Clare Benson, Tara Treleven
      Pages 137-150
    3. Pascale Brandt-Pomares
      Pages 151-166
    4. Wendy Fox-Turnbull
      Pages 195-209
    5. Gill Hope
      Pages 221-234
    6. Marion Rutland, Martin Seidel, Sally Aston, Dot Jackson, Debbie Haffenden, Bhav Prajapat et al.
      Pages 285-304
    7. Sonja Vandeleur, Marc Schäfer
      Pages 305-317
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-323

About this book


This international handbook offers an in-depth study of the development of primary Technology (or Design and Technology) education worldwide. It is unique in that it focuses on the way in which the building blocks for this subject have been established– providing much needed research and information for those involved with secondary education and beyond to draw on. The inclusion of Technology education into primary curricula has gathered momentum for the last two decades as its importance and relevance to children’s lives has been realised by educators. This handbook offers a detailed insight into the many and varied ways in which countries have incorporated the subject into children’s primary school experiences, and issues that have arisen during its implementation. The authors all work in the field of primary technology education and have been actively involved in curriculum development and research in their own countries. The first part of the book is devoted to the introduction, the development and implementation of Technology education into the primary curricula of countries worldwide. Reasons for this movement, successes and barriers to development are discussed and speculation about the future of Technology education is reflected upon. The second part of the book relates to issues that have arisen as the subject has grown over the last twenty years, and consideration needs to be given to these if future successes are to be achieved. Classroom practice including designing and ICT, teacher education, enterprise, sustainability and indigenous technology are all reflected upon and support the notion of technology as a valued and valuable part of the primary curriculum This book should be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners, researchers, curriculum developers, policy makers and professional development providers who are involved with, and have an interest in, primary technology education worldwide.

Editors and affiliations

  • Clare Benson
    • 1
  • Julie Lunt
    • 2
  1. 1.Birmingham City UniversityUK
  2. 2.Birmingham City UniversityUK

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