ERIC Number: ED349427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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A Modular Conceptual Framework for Technology and Work. Invited Lecture.
An examination of the development of the technical and technological disciplines in Germany over the last 500 years shows that these disciplines have recognized key developmental stages. They have evolved from the practical-oriented approaches, through knowledge-, process-, and methodology-oriented approaches, to the strategy-oriented approach. The determining factor in the human technology relationship--particularly in the field of production--has been identified as the further development/advancement of capability, not the mere satisfaction of need. From this point, new questions arise with respect to the handling of information masses as well as the capabilities for choosing the appropriate storage and retrieval mechanisms. The development process involves seven key stages: recognition of a problematic situation (thought initiator), overcoming thought barriers, envisioning possible solutions, model development (resolution of contradictions), development of approach strategies, development of time and activity plan, execution of the plan, evaluation of the results, and recognition of the new situation/problematic situation. For the technical innovation process, each of the typical barriers between the processes' stages requires the access to and proper use of a different information mass. A recommendation for education about technology is for improvement of analytical capabilities to empower people to use the problem-solving/innovation process. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Invited lecture presented at the Technological Literacy VI Conference of the National Association for Science, Technology, Society (Washington, DC, February 1-3, 1991).