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ERIC Number: EJ936266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Teaching and Learning the Nature of Technical Artifacts
Frederik, Ineke; Sonneveld, Wim; de Vries, Marc J.
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v21 n3 p277-290 Aug 2011
Artifacts are probably our most obvious everyday encounter with technology. Therefore, a good understanding of the nature of technical artifacts is a relevant part of technological literacy. In this article we draw from the philosophy of technology to develop a conceptualization of technical artifacts that can be used for educational purposes. Furthermore we report a small exploratory empirical study to see to what extent teachers' intuitive ideas about artifacts match with the way philosophers write about the nature of artifacts. Finally, we suggest a teaching and learning strategy for improving (student) teachers' concepts of technical artifacts through practical activities. (Contains 1 table and 12 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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