Three dimensional printing as a way to create an engaging and meaningful context for learning

Jobling, Wendy and Aranda, George 2016, Three dimensional printing as a way to create an engaging and meaningful context for learning, in TERC 2016: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research : Creating Contexts for Learning in Technology in Education, Design & Technology Teachers Association of Australia, [Adelaide, S. Aust], pp. 120-126.

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Title Three dimensional printing as a way to create an engaging and meaningful context for learning
Author(s) Jobling, Wendy
Aranda, GeorgeORCID iD for Aranda, George orcid.org/0000-0001-8707-8107
Conference name Technology Education Research. International Conference (9th : 2016 : Adelaide, South Australia)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 1 - 3 Dec. 2016
Title of proceedings TERC 2016: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research : Creating Contexts for Learning in Technology in Education
Editor(s) Middleton, Howard
Publication date 2016
Start page 120
End page 126
Total pages 7
Publisher Design & Technology Teachers Association of Australia
Place of publication [Adelaide, S. Aust]
Summary Three-dimensional (3D) printers are now commonplace in both primary and secondary schools within Australia. As with most new technologies they present a range of challenges to users in terms of technical problems and support, and how to integrate their use into the curriculum in a meaningful way. This research reports on data from a small number of Victorian primary schools from urban and regional areas. A case study methodology has been used to examine how each setting has approached the use of these printers and includes a review of the literature concerning the uptake of new technologies by non-experts. Data include interview transcripts from teachers, principals and technicians and photographic artefacts of 3D printed objects. Teachers reflected on their reasoning behind lesson plans and their aspirations for future use of 3D printers in the classroom. Some of the issues identified were teacher confidence, time to ‘play’ with and become familiar with 3D printers; and technical challenges that arose such as the time taken to print an object and clogging of printer extruders (heads). Recommendations are made concerning possible ways forward.
ISBN 9780994202727
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2016, Design & Technology Association of Australia and The Authors
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