This invited paper in Prospect, UNESCOs international research journal on comparative education, was published as the first presentation of technacy theory in 10 languages, distributed to 30,000 copies.
This page lists publications written or co-written by Dr. Matthew Parnell since 1980. Highlighted titles can be downloaded as PDF documents
Click here for an array of outstanding papers and presentations by Dr Parnell in Technacy, Sustainablity, Culture and Practice.
Understanding the ‘lores’ of the made world through cross-cultural insight
By Kurt Seemann
Invited Guest speaker to the Design Means talks at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Monday 23rd April 2012, 5pm to 6pm.
This internationally peer reviewed book chapter discussed the link between culture, technology and values. Publisher is UNESCO, Springer.
Click here: Technacy Chapter in Springer
Or here for preprint copy.
A competent education in technology and design, thoroughly examines and declares the boundary of a project's scope. Credible Design and Technology projects experiment with/or model ideas to discover and simulate potential solutions that 'should' work in the intended context. It places due weight on determining contextual risk and key indicators or drivers that need to be accommodated for a technology development to claim success or undertake an appropriate evaluation.
Common to all technological knowledge is the ability to understand the properties and sustainability of the material resources we grow, shape, consume, and transform. A developed knowledge of materials facilitates good choices in design. Such knowledge helps guide what tools or fixture/assembly methods are required to assure an applied idea works in its intended context.
The Tree-with-Binary-code icon, reminds us that
All types or 'forms' of technological knowledge include a logical combination of materials, tools, and agency. We refer to these aspects of technologies as the minimum elements of their form. When these 'elements' are combined (with one class of material involved) and applied to a specific purpose and context, a technacy genre may be identified.