Sustainability in D&T:
A guide for teachers (and teacher trainers)
Who’s the pack for?
Everyone involved in training secondary school D&T teachers
What’s the pack for?
- To help teacher trainers understand what sustainability is all about
- To show why it is increasingly important that sustainability becomes an integral part of D&T teaching and learning
- To emphasise the importance of a whole-school approach to sustainability
- To give ideas about how trainee teachers can integrate sustainability into their lesson planning and management
- To introduce different eco-design tools and ways of using them
What’s in the pack?
A PowerPoint presentation divided into five sections that can be used either separately with student teachers or as a complete package.
The five sections are:
- Sustainable Design is Great Design – examples of sustainable design in practice.
- Why should we include sustainability in D&T teaching and learning?
- Introducing sustainability in D&T – activities for pupils.
- Eco-design tools.
- Principles into practice – examples of units of work with ESD content and a resource list.
For each PowerPoint slide, an accompanying PDF file with discussion points, activities to use with student teachers, activities for student teachers to use with pupils, and further references and resources.
For some slides there are additional notes explaining how to run an activity either with student teachers or pupils:
- A copy of the PowerPoint slide
- Notes to help you explain more about the slide to your student teachers.
- Questions for students to discuss to help them think more deeply about the issues relating to the slide.
- Where to find more information relating to the slide.
- One or more practical activities you can use with your students to help them understand the issues.
- One or more activities for student teachers to try out with pupils in D&T lessons.
Download the pack here (PowerPoints or pdfs all open in new windows):
- Section 1 : Sustainable Design is Great Design - examples of sustainable design in practice
Section 1 PDF
- Section 2 : Why should we include sustainability in D&T teaching and learning?
Section 2 PDF
- Section 3 : Introducing sustainability in D&T - activities for pupils
Section 3 PDF
- Section 4 : Eco-design tools
Section 4 PDF
- Section 5 : Principles into practice - examples of units of work with ESD content and a resource list
Section 5 PDF
Ian Capewell (Practical Action), with considerable help from James Pitt (University of York),
Louise T Davies (D&T Assocaition),
John Robson (Sheffield Hallam University),
Gwyneth Owen-Jackson (University of Wolverhampton),
Kay Greenlees (Leeds University),
Alison Winson (University of Worcester),
Bren Hellier and Cai Cheadle (Practical Action)
Editor: Debbie Howard
Design: Danny Keay (Renaissance Creative), Willy Adam (D&T Association), Practical Action for the use of its image library, photos.com, some images are ©2005 JupiterImages Corporation.
Practical Action would also like to thank the following for their support and ideas: Vicky Lofthouse and Tracy Bhamra (Loughborough University) for the eco-design tools, Ed Gillespie (Futerra) for ideas on a sustainable future, The Population and Sustainability Network for ideas on consumption and population, and Kevin Hull for his adapted units of work. We would also like to thank Environmental Resources Management for their financial contribution to the pack and Dyson for providing facilities for a Sustainability conference.