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ERIC Number: EJ892160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
An Epistemology of One's Own: Curricular (Re-)Construction of School Technology and Non-Technology in Sweden, 1975-1995
Lovheim, Daniel
History of Education, v39 n4 p525-537 Jul 2010
This article analyses the introduction and, later on, reconstruction of compulsory school technology in Sweden 1975-1995. It focuses on two curricular reforms and different attempts to increase the legitimacy of technology as a school subject. The article builds upon theories from science studies and the term boundary-work is used to analyse the constant reconstruction of the subject and the changing answers to the question of "the nature of technology". In a first reform in the late 1970s technology was caught in a contest between the natural sciences and sloyd (handicraft). That struggle ended with the placement of technology within science, something that also sharpened the image of sloyd as "non-technology". In the beginning of the 1990s a distinct boundary was drawn to separate technology and science from each other, portraying the former as a subject in its own right that claimed to have a different epistemological character from science. (Contains 1 figure and 66 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden