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ERIC Number: EJ914279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
"The" Problem in Technology Education (A Definite Article)
Flowers, Jim
Journal of Technology Education, v21 n2 p10-20 Spr 2010
As with any field, technology education and its close relatives have numerous strengths and weaknesses. One of these weaknesses has too long been overlooked, and it is the subject of this article. One might think of technology education as empowering students, divergently fostering their own creativity. An abundance of design briefs shows that this field seems to encourage students to develop diverse and creative solutions to technological problems. It is ironic, therefore, that dogmatism is prevalent in the curriculum, literature, and research in technology education. In this sense, "dogmatism" refers to "a positive, arrogant assertion of opinion." This article focuses not on larger, overt examples of dogmatism that can easily be spotted, but on small and subtle ones, taking a very narrow approach to attempt to identify some instances of dogmatism in technology education literature by focusing on dogmatic uses of a single English word "the" to falsely imply uniqueness. Illustrative examples are examined with the hope of beginning recognition of this problem by the technology education field. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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