Elementary School Students' Understandings of Technology Concepts

Davis, Robert S., Ginns, Ian S., & McRobbie, Campbell J. (2002) Elementary School Students' Understandings of Technology Concepts. Journal of technology Education, 14(1).


Elementary school teachers and teacher educators have expressed concerns about what students learn as they engage in design and technology activities. This study was designed to identify students' understandings of selected technology concepts, and changes in those understandings across a range of age levels corresponding to grades 2, 4 and 6 at elementary school. Following an extensive interview program and subsequent data analysis, it is argued that commonalities and variations in understandings exist within and across age levels. The identification of these commonalities and variations is examined for their implications for classroom teachers, the development of more appropriate design and technology programs, and preservice and inservice teacher education.

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ID Code: 171
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Technology education, Understanding, Primary school students, Elementary education, Curriculum design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2011 23:35

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