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ERIC Number: EJ1064409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Productivism and the Product Paradigm in Technological Education
Elshof, Leo
Journal of Technology Education, v17 n2 p18-32 Spr 2006
Aldo Leopold was a pioneer in United States' wildlife management and his axiom is certainly familiar to anyone who has tried to repair a complex technological system; it applies equally whether one is rebuilding a small block V8 engine or repairing a computer. "Keep all the pieces" is good advice because in all likelihood they will all be necessary to restore the proper functioning of the system. This paper will explore the nature of the modern product with respect to its relationship to technological education. The term "product paradigm" refers to a number of interrelated, implicit and explicit beliefs and assumptions regarding the nature of postmodern technological product culture that are increasingly problematic for technological education. It will also offer ideas to move technological education away from the "product paradigm." In general the "product paradigm" consists of four distinct assertions. The author will explore each of these nonexclusive dimensions in turn, but will first examine the critical role design has to play in perpetuating the "product paradigm."
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Language: English
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