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Technological thinking in primary-aged children

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.

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Title Technological thinking in primary-aged children
Author(s) Campbell, Coral
Jane, Beverley
Conference name Technology Education Research Conference (6th : 2010 : Gold Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 8-11 Dec. 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technology Education Research
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Technology Education Research Conference
Start page 74
End page 83
Total pages 10
Publisher Technology Education Research Conference
Place of publication Gold Coast, Qld.
Summary 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). 
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010, Technology Education Research Conference (TERC)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031990

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