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Innovative design and technology in remote schools

Project dates: 2007-2009
Director: John Williams


This project aimed to assist design and technology teachers in remote schools to develop projects which involve students in relevant innovative designing and making activities. Activities were designed which were stimulating and appropriate to both the context and the students. They were developed and then trialled in schools, and then distributed to all teachers through a website. The focus of the teaching activities was lower secondary.

The partners involved in the research included Hedland Senior High School (This was an Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project, funded through the Department of Education, Science and Training South Hedland), Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High (Kalgoorlie), Newman Senior High School (Newman),
Kununurra District High School, Tom Price Senior High School (Tom Price), WA Department of Education and Training, Design Institute of Australia WA and Edith Cowan University.

The project involved three two-day workshops during which the teachers worked with an industrial designer and an educator to develop innovative activities. In between each workshop the teachers trialled and evaluated in their schools the activities they designed, and then report back at the next workshop according to agreed evaluation ctiteria. A group evaluation was then undertaken to provide the basis for the next stage of the project.


The projects are outlined at Set Education.