Campbell, Coral and Jane, Beverley 2010, Technological thinking in primary-aged children, in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technology Education Research, Technology Education Research Conference, Gold Coast, Qld., pp. 74-83.
When children are involved in design and technology activities, they are able to create solutions to problems, often in new and innovative ways. There have been few studies which have investigated how children work when undertaking technological activities and even fewer which have focused on children's thinking or knowledge while they have been involved in the production of a technological artifact. This paper reports on a research project involving 3 school, 4 classes and 80 children. The project focused on children's language, thinking and creativity while they designed and constructed a recycling device using recycled materials. Using children's written responses to key questions, we can highlight some of their thinking, knowledge and problem-solving strategies. It was clear from the children's responses that aspects of investigation, design, producation and evaluation were evident across all three sites. Findings on children's creativity and language were presented at previous Technology Education Research Conferences (TERC).
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