Exploring technical knowledge in the primary technology classroom
(English)In: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, ISSN 1449-5554, E-ISSN 1449-5554Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
The aim of this article is to explore the use of categories and aspects of technical knowing which have been identified in specific contexts and related to specific learning objects to identify technical knowing and technical content in another teaching context. In this way, we want to contribute to the understanding of technical knowing within primary technology education, as well as to the development of analytical tools to help teachers in selecting and designing the content of technology teaching. Previous findings from two Learning studies focusing on evaluating and constructing technical solutions were used to identify technical knowing in video material generated within a particular classroom practice (students aged 7-8 years old). The results suggest that the former categories and aspects can be used in different ways to identify and specify technical knowings related to technical contents in the primary technology classroom. Knowings related to the function of representation and to constructing with materials in order to realize specific functions were identified in the video material. By identifying generalizable aspects of technical knowing, we contribute to the development of a body of teachers’ professional knowledge related to primary technology education. Moreover, based on the analysis of students’ ways of constructing during the technology sessions and the knowing and content identified and specified in relation to previous case studies, we treat the findings in terms of potential objects of learning to that may be used and explored further in primary technology teaching practice.
Technology education, Primary school, Technical knowledge, Technical content, Construction, Evaluation, Technical solutions, Learning study
Research subject Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-119226DiVA: diva2:844031