Exploring technical knowledge in the primary technology classroom

Eva Björkholm, Maria Andrée, Ingrid Carlgren

Abstract


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 content in the primary technology classroom.


Keywords


Technology education; Primary school; Technical knowledge; Technical content; Construction; Technical solutions

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15663/ajte.v3i1.23

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