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The Orange Series

The Orange Series

The Orange Series is published by the Department of Design and Technology as a series of occasional papers. There are three series:

The three are related, but each has its own focusing framework.

Design Curriculum Matters

Design Curriculum Matters booklets

The focus of Design Curriculum Matters is the design curriculum, by which we mean not only the formal Design and Technology curriculum and its courses, but also the larger design dimension of pupils' experience both in and beyond school. Furthermore, the Series takes the position that any education system's formal design (or design and technology, or technology) curriculum including of course the National Curriculum version in England and Wales - is itself problematic and therefore a proper object for scrutiny.

More particularly, the subject matters in this series include: the nature of design phenomena; the nature of the design capacity and its functioning; the relations between design and technology; design pedagogy: that is the teaching and learning which is intended to develop design and technological abilities; the developmental 'stages', the needs, the attributes, the aspirations, the hopes of those who are engaged in learning-through-designing; the diversity and, essentially, the constraining factors of educational institutions - with all those being set in the cultures of Design and Technology.

There is a need to develop an ideas and research culture in the area and, especially, one that would not be intellectually and conceptually limited by the horizons of school subjects. There is a range of specialist communities, but their professional conversations and practices would benefit from greater relatedness (which is not necessarily to say integration), as well as attention to their research, scholarly, and theoretic underpinning.

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The objects of the Series are to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the design capacity and of how design and technological abilities are developed through teaching and learning. We take the view that much theory of a kind useful to practitioners derives from practitioners reflecting on their practices as researchers: an essential object is to contribute towards a practitioners' theory. Such a practitioners' theory, will however, be supported and complemented by research and scholarship in fields other than those which are centrally implicated in areas of design and technology practice.

It is intended that this Series will make a major contribution to the development of a community of discourse and thereby to the development, more generally, of knowledge and understanding of the phenomena of design and designing. The publications currently available are:

Learning Design: Occasional Papers

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The Learning Design: Occasional Papers series sets out to explore and explain the learning process in Design at all levels of education. It is directed particularly at teachers who wish to base their work on a deeper understanding of the nature of 'design intelligence' and the dynamics of teaching and learning in the area. The first publication analyses development and progression in Primary Design and Technology.

Although it uses the National Curriculum framework as a starting point, the intention is to probe beyond this framework to relate it to larger issues of method and philosophy. The second title will look more closely at Imaging and Modelling and explain some strategies for teaching key skills and knowledge at various stages of education.

The publications currently available are:

Design: Occasional Papers

Design: Occasional Papers uses Design as its encompassing category. In this usage, Design is to be construed as a broad field of human endeavour and enterprise, analogous in its generality and complexity to Science and the Humanities.

Still at the level of generality, but now related to professional-vocational activities, Design is also to be construed as a field that includes a diverse range of distinguishable areas of professional activity (which would include architecture, communication and graphic design, industrial design, information design, interior design, aspects of engineering design, textiles/fashion, environmental design).

At this level, Design must accommodate pluralistic conceptions: there is no single Design culture. But 'design' is also used as a verb. Again at the high level of generality, designing may be characterised as an intentional activity: to do with bringing about change. More specifically - and as with Design when used as a tag for a field - what 'designing' is intended to mean relates also to the specific area in which it is used, and by whom.

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The field has many specialist communities, many different languages of discourse and, within and around those, different persuasions and differing voices.

Design: Occasional Papers is therefore concerned with the relations between the generic and the particular.

The essential reason for publishing the Series is to provide a means whereby the differing conversational communities that are related to design may become, at the least, more accessible to each other and thereby enable the reader to take part in the running argument by which knowledge and understanding develop. The publications currently available are:

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