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ERIC Number: EJ998175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Perspectives of Authenticity: Implementation in Technology Education
Snape, Paul; Fox-Turnbull, Wendy
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v23 n1 p51-68 Feb 2013
To meet the intentions of the New Zealand Curriculum 2007 teachers must critically reflect on their role and their idea of what defines "best practice" for teaching and learning in the twenty-first century. The teacher's role has changed considerably over time. There is now, more than ever, a need for much greater transparency, accountability and collaborative practice within education. Famous philosophers and theorists including Plato, Rousseau and Dewey have expounded ideals of authenticity and authentic engagement, but it is only with the spread of constructivism that authenticity has gained more favour. The authors will investigate perspectives of authenticity, authentic learning, and authentic activities (Kreber et al. in Adult Educ Q Am Assoc Adult Contin Educ 58(1):22-43, 2007; Newmann in Authentic achievement: restructuring schools for intellectual quality, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Fransisco, 1996; Newmann and Wehlage in Educ Leadersh 50(7):8-12, 1993; Reeves et al. in Quality conversations. Paper presented at the 25th HERDSA annual conference, 2002; Splitter in Stud Philos Educ 28(2):135-151, 2008). Through qualitative investigation they identify and summarise key viewpoints and demonstrate how these can be successfully implemented through programmes of technology education. A model of authentic technology for producing quality technological outcomes is presented. The authors show how an activity from an initial teacher education course in technology education uses identified aspects of authentic technological practice through the various dimensions of authenticity to develop enduring learning for students. They consider the role of context in developing learning and introduce some new ideas on successful student engagement in the field of conation (Riggs and Gholar in Strategies that promote student engagement, Corwin Press, California, 2009). Conation is defined as the will, drive and effort behind students' engagement in learning and is increasingly seen as an integral part of authentic education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand