The Future of Technology Education by P John Williams, Alister Jones, Cathy Buntting

By P John Williams, Alister Jones, Cathy Buntting

Twenty-five years in the past there has been expanding optimism in coverage, curriculum and study concerning the contribution that know-how schooling could make to elevated technological literacy in faculties and the broader inhabitants. That optimism keeps, even if the prestige of expertise as a studying quarter is still fragile in lots of locations.

This edited e-book is on the market as a platform from which to proceed discussions approximately how expertise schooling may well growth into the long run, and the way the potential for know-how schooling to be really suitable and valued in class studying may be accomplished.

The ebook effects from a collaboration among major teachers within the box, the broader team of authors having had enter into all the chapters. during the improvement of a deep realizing of expertise, in response to a considerate philosophy, pathways are mentioned to facilitate scholar studying possibilities in expertise schooling. attention is given to the purpose(s) of know-how schooling and the way this performs out in curriculum, pedagogies, and overview. Key dimensions, together with layout, critique, scholars’ cultural capital also are explored, as are the function and position of political persuasion, specialist enterprises, and study that connects with perform.

The dialogue within the booklet ends up in a end that expertise schooling has either a moral and ethical accountability to help imaginings that maintain humans and groups in concord and for the health of the wider ecological and social environment.

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If we try to say that technology is only arts (perhaps in the sense of crafting and creativity) or that it is only science (perhaps in the sense of objective study) we come unstuck because we cannot argue the exclusivity of one over the other. On the hermeneutic journey we might explore: what constitutes a science or an art; in what ways technology reveals itself to us as art, as science; whether technology is ‘applied science’, a branch of science, or (after Lueckenhausen 1989) is art made useful; Mitcham’s (1994) juxtaposition of engineering with humanities; whether/how art and science meet in technology; how a technology can be both science and art at once; and so on.

2 ‘Seeing’ and ‘Interpreting’ the Human-Technology Phenomenon 23 Despite the postmodern terminology, what is presented here indicates the kinds of debates and issues that are needed to accompany our technologically sophisticated developments (an insipid phrase in the circumstances, perhaps). As emergent technologies combine and interact in new ways and with humans (and other species and environments), so multiple aspects of human practice change and new discourses are warranted. In line with technological shifts there are strong grounds for parallel shifts in educational, professional, political and social discourses—our future shared directions.

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