International Journal of Art & Design Education

Design Methods in CDT

Volume 9.1   1990



John Jeffery discusses certain problems encountered in craft, design and technology (CDT) coursework as revealed by a survey of the comments in a range of examiner’s reports. Models for school CDT activity are reviewed and he suggests that pupils experience difficulties with coursework because of the imposition of a particular model of design procedure. John Jeffery highlights the concerns felt by art and design specialists about the way in which CDT departments systematically approach the teaching of design and about the possible tendency for pupils to superimpose a logic of ‘development’ on their work by reordering it and filling the gaps with spurious intermediate stages during final presentation, thus denying evidence of genuine creativity.