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ERIC Number: EJ882756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1360-1431
A Circular Model of Thinking Processes as a Basis of Technical Understanding
Menger, Julia
Design and Technology Education, v15 n1 p40-47 2010
Children often experience the influence of technology around them, but there is little emphasis placed on technology within a scientific education in Grundschule (primary schools) in Germany. One of the reasons for this could be a lack of research projects that ascertain young learners' conceptions of technical issues. So there is no basis for creating learning environments that enable and motivate children to actively and purposefully work on questions of technical procedures. An investigation into the previous knowledge held by nine to ten year old children of simple machines has demonstrated children's reasoning. It shows that experiences handling materials can lead to children's understanding of technological processes. Starting from the "intuitive level" of understanding, the children can attain the "factual level" and finally the level of "technical awareness" in a circular model. This model of thinking processes provides a basis for creating teaching modules that extend current technological education in German schools. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany