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The Sustainability Handbook for Design & Technology Teachers [Paperback]

Ian Capewell
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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing (30 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853396702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853396700
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most people are now aware of their eco-footprint and the need to cut carbon emissions. Local councils have set up recycling schemes and people are encouraged to reduce travel emissions, but this is not enough. Designers need to incorporate sustainability considerations into their work, and this book contains both justification and inspiration for design and technology teachers wishing to introduce sustainable design into their lessons. Each of the six Rs - rethink, refuse,reduce, reuse, repair and recycle - is considered in relation to each focus area, with suggested activities and sources of further information. With sustainability issues right at the top of the education agenda, this resource is essential reading for all educators concerned with bringing a lively and innovative approach to sustainability issues in their teaching. The handbook has been produced by Practical Action in collaboration with the Centre for AlternativeTechnology, Wales.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good little book 16 Dec 2009
By Bobotov
For my job I support schools in tackling the purchasing and waste doorway of sustainable schools, and once you think more systemically you should realise that our 'waste' problem is really a problem of design.

This book is full of great ideas of how you can transform your design lesson planning to take into account a much greater sense of what a product is than what you see before your eyes. Where does it come from?, what is it made from?, who made it? ... what is the products story?
Useful both as an introduction to sustainable design for the teacher and as inspiration for lesson plans, i would recommend this book.

The only thing that i didn't like about this book was the venn diagrams in the introduction imply that the economy has an existence outside the environment(economy, environment and society are represented as three overlapping circles): i disagree with this representation: the economy should be represented as a subset of society and both of them as subsets of the enviroment( more like a target board), as we can have no economy without a planet to live on(i'm not up for living on a spaceship!).

Still a great book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any D & T Teacher 7 Dec 2010
By Lesa 1
As a Design & Technology Teacher myself I was looking for ideas to help in delivering lessons on sustainability issues and resources to help make learning about this area more interesting for students.

I was recommended this book.

It has been an invaluable resource with its suggestions for activities on Sustainability in D&T.

As a result we are purchasing one for all staff in our department.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tool 24 Aug 2013
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Great tips to incorporate in the the planning of DT lessons with useful information. It also suggests practical tasks which can be fitted or adapted according to the needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource. 13 July 2012
By dani_t
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Fantastically illustrated book. It includes great ideas to get pupils talking and discussing as well as lots of interesting facts to get pupils excited. A must for any technology teacher!
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