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ERIC Number: EJ813528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Transferring and Transforming Technology Education: A Study of Norwegian Teachers' Perceptions of Ideas from Design & Technology
Bungum, Berit
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v16 n1 p31-52 Jan 2006
What happens when educational ideas cross national and cultural borders? How do teachers respond to ideas originating in a different school system and a different national culture? This article reports on an empirical study investigating the transfer of ideas from Design & Technology as a subject in England and Wales into Norwegian schools. A sample of teachers participating in a specific project on technology teaching inspired by this subject has been studied by means of interviews and classroom observation. Results of the study show that while some elements of Design & Technology are adopted by the teachers, essential ideas of the subject are significantly transformed. Drawing on Barnes, (1992, "Teachers and Teaching: From Classrooms to Reflection" (pp. 9-32), The Falmer press, London) concept of teachers' professional frames for teaching, it is shown how specific aspects of the national and educational culture have had a considerable effect on the teachers' interpretation of the nature of technology as a subject of teaching and its place in the curriculum. The study illustrates the importance of the cultural context in how educational ideas are interpreted, reshaped and realized in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)