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ERIC Number: EJ1063596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
The Role of Design Drawing among Children Engaged in a Parachute Building Activity
MacDonald, Dougal; Gustafson, Brenda
Journal of Technology Education, v16 n1 p55-71 Fall 2004
Many elementary classroom science programs in North America have incorporated what is called design technology, design and technology, technology, technological problem-solving, and/or problem-solving through technology. Design technology involves designing and making products to meet some need, and is directly concerned with the individual's capacity to design and make, to solve problems with the use of materials, and to understand the significance of technology. Lessons often focus around designing and building models of structures and mechanisms such as bridges and vehicles. The research presented in this paper focuses on two lessons in which the children designed, made, and tested model parachutes. The parachute activities were scheduled toward the end of the unit and were presented by the teacher as a series of structured action tasks focusing on product construction and testing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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