ERIC Number: ED381387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Designing and Learning in the Elementary School.
The main objective of this publication is to raise awareness of the capacity of elementary students to learn using a process termed designing activity. The text is divided into nine chapters. Chapter 1 describes the principles of designing activity. The difference between design activity and design educational activity is discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 outlines some of the methods of modeling and includes the role of drawing and the use of construction kits. Chapter 4 discusses some of the "designerly" thought processes which occurred when students aged 5-6 participated in activity learning related to the topic of farms. The principles and aims of assessing designing activity are outlined in Chapter 6 along with some suggestions for evaluating and assessing students' work. The close relationship among science, technology, and designing process activities in elementary schools is discussed in Chapter 7 in relation to the development of the conceptual theme of change. The role of the teacher in creating a learning environment where designing situations are contrived is discussed in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 looks at some examples of the way design and technological activity has been managed across a class and the whole school. Contains 21 references. (LZ)
Descriptors: Design, Educational Theories, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Technology Education
International Technology Education Association, 1914 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1502.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: International Technology Education Association, Reston, VA.
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