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Defining and mapping teacher practice in technology classrooms

Lloyd, Margaret M. & Esjeholm, Bjorn-Tore (2010) Defining and mapping teacher practice in technology classrooms. In Hudson, Peter B., Chandra, Vinesh, King, Donna T., & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) STEM in Education : Conference Proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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Abstract

The indecision surrounding the definition of Technology extends to the classroom as not knowing what a subject “is” affects how it is taught. Similarly, its relative newness – and consequent lack of habitus in school settings - means that it is still struggling to find its own place in the curriculum as well as resolve its relationship with more established subject domains, particularly Science and Mathematics. The guidance from syllabus documents points to open-ended student-directed projects where extant studies indicate a more common experience of teacher –directed activities and an emphasis on product over process. There are issues too for researchers in documenting classroom observations and in analysing teacher practice in new learning environments. This paper presents a framework for defining and mapping classroom practice and for attempting to describe the social practice in the Technology classroom. The framework is a bricolage which draws on contemporary research. More formally, the development of the framework is consonant with the aim of design-based research to develop a flexible, adaptive and generalisable theory to better understanding a teaching domain where promise is not seen to match current reality. The framework may also inform emergent approaches to STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) in education.

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ID Code: 42523
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: technology education, framework, pedagogy, design and technology
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 07:50
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:59

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