ERIC Number: EJ847879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Teaching Science through Designing Technology
Sidawi, Mai M.
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v19 n3 p269-287 Aug 2009
This paper is a review of the literature related to teaching science through designing technology. The premise of this method is that designing technology presents the students with the context through which they can apply the science concepts they learned and thus enhancing their understanding of these concepts. Despite the promise of this method, teachers attempting it were faced by many challenges such as: (1) teachers did not have a grasp of the complex relationship between science and technology and assumed that technology was simply applied science, (2) the students were not able to transfer their learning of science to designing technology, (3) teachers did not have a deep understanding of the design process and tried to teach it as a linear, context-free process without regard to the context of the problem. The purpose of this paper is to extract from the literature a better understanding of teaching science through designing technology and the elements that teachers need to satisfy in order to increase their chances of successfully implementing this method in the classroom.
Descriptors: Technology, Science Instruction, Literature Reviews, Scientific Concepts, Context Effect, Problems, Design, Technology Education, Educational Principles, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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