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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Canty, Donal – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
A substantial degree of empirical evidence has illustrated the correlation between spatial skills and performance in engineering education. This evidence has been foundational in the construction of educational interventions which have resulted in both increased levels of spatial ability and increased educational performance and retention.…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Engineering Education, Intervention, Academic Achievement
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Doyle, Andrew; Seery, Niall; Canty, Donal; Buckley, Jeffrey – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2019
A philosophical shift in policy now situates the development of technological capability as the focus of Irish technology education. Internationally, the effectiveness of curricular reform in the discipline has previously been called to question, as the legacy of the preceding vocational craft subjects has been seen to throttle the evolution of…
Descriptors: Design, Technology Education, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy
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Doyle, Andrew; Seery, Niall; Gumaelius, Lena; Canty, Donal; Hartell, Eva – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2019
Since first conceived, the concept of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) has attracted much attention. Despite being lauded by educationalists as the unique knowledge base of teachers, research on the concept over the past 30¬†years has yet to result in a universally accepted definition being presented. Much of the contentions surrounding the lack…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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O'Connor, Adrian; Seery, Niall; Canty, Donal – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2018
Creativity and innovation are leading topics for the twenty-first century, not only in individual, cultural or social contexts but also within a wider perspective in business or economic development. For that reason, creative and innovative activities have started to feature in many design-based programs in second level education. Design and…
Descriptors: Design, Technology Education, Creativity, Innovation
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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Canty, Donal – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2018
Design activities typically involve and culminate in the creation of models representative of new ideas and conceptions. The format is often dictated by the specific discipline, with ideas in design and technology education regularly being externalised through the use of computer aided design (CAD). This paper focusses on the realisation stage of…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Design, Technology Education, Teaching Methods