This is a comprehensive and innovative account of teaching and research in design and technology education. It gives pre-service and in-service teachers opportunities to reflect upon and further develop their understanding of technology and technological knowledge, and to consider several different approaches in a practical and interactive way. This edition has been significantly updated and written to reflect current research and practice in design and technology education for Australian children and pre-service teachers. New to this edition is a password-protected website offering additional student-generated artefacts, observations and video clips that further illustrate theory and practice in this important curriculum area.
** This textbook does NOT include an access code (password) to enter the website full of additional information. **
*The updated 3rd Edition is significantly different from previous editions - unless your lecturer has specified this edition, please check whether your course content follows closely to the previous edition rather than this one.*
This book is aimed at teachers of young children - early childhood to primary. Teachers of older students (middle/secondary) may find it somewhat "airy-fairy" and will not find many examples that can be directly applied to upper level curriculum, but the text does contain latest research and approaches to teaching and assessing technology and design skills in students. Knowledge about technology is not just knowing about computers and gadgets! It involves knowing how to explore and understand the way things work, the properties of materials, finding creative ways of solving problems or improving systems, and being aware of the potential negative impacts of technology as well as the positives.
Approaches to curriculum and design briefs are discussed, as well as the benefits of providing hands-on experiences for students, and ways to engage students with technological projects. Teachers of integrated science & technology units may find Fleer's "Science for Children" (2007) a useful compatible resource.
All in all, a useful resource for all student teachers interested in teaching technology and design, and for experienced early childhood and primary teachers wanting to introduce more technology and design into classrooms.
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