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ERIC Number: EJ960111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1360-1431
Wrong...But Right Enough
Kimbell, Richard
Design and Technology Education, v16 n2 p6-7 2011
In this article, the author relates his experience in a recent trip to Sweden. He was assigned to supervise a research student who is preparing a very interesting PhD about the role of the many different kinds of knowledge that have relevance to people in technology. His latest tutorial paper included a fascinating account of some examples of "knowing" that are technically "wrong" (in the sense of "mistaken" or "confused") but that still remain useful. In the paper, the student provided all sorts of other interesting examples where incorrect science is used perfectly successfully in technology. At the heart of his paper is the idea that to interpret "reality" one creates all kinds of models that are more-or-less approximations of that reality, and being only approximations, they are liable to error or misrepresentation. But the tutorial with the student then took another turn. For surely in the "education" world of schools and curriculum, neither scientific nor technological knowledge (allowing for now that they might be different things) are the key issue. Schools are premised on the idea that students start from a state of NOT knowing and gradually grow through various degrees of half-knowing into a state of "rather-more" knowing. The author argues that in a learning context, educators are wrong to use the term "knowledge" as though it represents a state of being, and they should rather think of "knowing" as a process--as representing a state of growth--a state of emergent transition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden