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Ara, Farhat; Natarajan, Chitra – Design and Technology Education, 2013
This paper presents an investigation into Indian elementary and middle school students' images of designers. A "Draw a designer at work" test was used with 511 students from Classes 5 to 9 from a school located in Mumbai. Findings from the study indicate that Indian elementary and middle school students, who had no experience in design…
Descriptors: Investigations, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Imagery
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Ara, Farhat; Chunawala, Sugra; Natarajan, Chitra – Design and Technology Education, 2011
This paper reports on an investigation into middle school students' naive ideas about, and attitudes towards design and designers. The sample for the survey consisted of students from Classes 7 to 9 from a school located in Mumbai. The data were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively to look for trends in students' responses. Results show that…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Curriculum Development, Surveys, Technology Education
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Ara, Farhat; Natarajan, Chitra; Chunawala, Sugra – Design and Technology Education, 2009
This paper presents the strategies employed by Indian middle-school students working in groups to identify three unfamiliar artefacts. The activity described in this paper was aimed at sensitising students to the close link between form and function and to bring a certain amount of uncertainty in the tasks before the actual design task. It was…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Identification, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Group Activities