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ERIC Number: EJ864006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
A Conceptual Framework for Developing the Curriculum and Delivery of Technology Education in Early Childhood
Turja, Leena; Endepohls-Ulpe, Martina; Chatoney, Marjolaine
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v19 n4 p353-365 Nov 2009
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the analysis of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum in six countries involved in the UPDATE-project, and on that basis, propose a conceptual foundation for technology education in ECE that aims to enhance gender sensitive technology education in the continuum from early years to adulthood. The existing ECE curricula in the participating countries were analysed according to the general pedagogical approach as well as the contents specific to technology education. In many cases technology education was presented generally or implicitly, embedded in various curriculum content areas, and the existing curricula did not offer much support for teachers to figure out the nature, aims and pedagogical means of early childhood technology education. The comparison of the curricula raised some common key-issues which are important to construe more theoretically. In consequence, the article also focuses on the contemporary view of child-centred pedagogy and the conceptualisation of technology education fitting into the scope of ECE. Play is highlighted as a fundamental way of learning seldom studied in the context of technology education. In addition, a gender perspective on technology education deals with equal possibilities of both sexes to acquire knowledge, abilities and attitudes needed in technological agency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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