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Title: Grappling with Teaching Design and Technology: a beginning teacher's experiences
Contributor(s): Stein, Sarah (author); Ginns, Ian (author); McRobbie, CJ (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1080/0263514032000127202
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Abstract: This paper reports on an investigation into the first time implementation of a technology education unit of work by a beginning primary school teacher. The researchers monitored the teacher's implementation of the unit across a 6 week period using an interpretivist research approach. A variety of data sources were drawn upon including teacher and student interviews, video and audio recordings of small group and whole class interactions, and student- developed artefact's. Providing appropriate learning activities to assist students to develop understanding about patterns and shapes incorporated into buildings and other structures to enhance strength and stability was a challenge faced by the beginning teacher. However, she drew support from a teaching resource, which provided guidance and structure for the teaching of technology concepts and processes related to strength and stability of structures and materials. The resource helped her to develop learning activities that were appropriate to the topic and to the needs of the students in her class. Implications of the study relate to the needs of teachers grappling with teaching design and technology for the first time and the support that they can gain from predetermined planning and teaching models and well-developed teaching resources.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Research in Science & Technological Education, 21(2), p. 141-158
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1470-1138
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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