ERIC Number: EJ923941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Research in Purpose and Value for the Study of Technology in Secondary Schools: A Theory of Authentic Learning
Hill, Anne Marie; Smith, Howard A.
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v15 n1 p19-32 Apr 2005
This paper briefly examines the literature on (a) problem-based learning (PBL), including constructivism and problem solving, and (b) learning in context, including mediation, embodiment, distribution, and situatedness. We use this literature, our previous research [Hill & Smith Journal of Technology Education 9(1), 29-41 (1998)], and some initial findings from our present research as a basis for a theory that we call "authentic learning". The Theory of Authentic Learning provides a theoretical framework on which to scaffold purpose and value for the study of technology in secondary school curriculum. Initial results from Year One of our present three-year study contribute to the refinement of our Theory of Authentic Learning. First, we present some relevant literature, then we illustrate the Theory of Authentic Learning, and finally we conclude with some preliminary findings from our present research.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Problem Based Learning, Technology Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Secondary Schools, Problem Solving, Models, Technology
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A