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ERIC Number: EJ831924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Technology as "A Human Practice with Social Meaning:" A New Scenery for Engineering Education
Gana, Maria Teresa Santander; Fuentes, Luis Antonio Trejo
European Journal of Engineering Education, v31 n4 p437-447 Aug 2006
In a world sustained and interconnected by technology, people make choices. Therefore, they have to consider that technology is subject to analysis and interpretation because it is designed by humans with varied histories, experiences and cultures. To generate an understanding of the technological phenomenon, this article proposes to view the technology as a human practice, with social meaning and an attending change in classical technology-related education. The hidden resume of the professors, the development of contents and didactic methods to be used in the educational process are fundamental elements in the appropriation of knowledge. Modifying these elements requires paradigmatic shifts, especially in the education of engineers, which would have to be focused on the knowledge acquisition and capabilities to allow an adequate practice of the technology management. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile