Learning Theory, technology and Practice

Learning Theory, technology and Practice

Stephan Petrina (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 32
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-337-1.ch006
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Abstract

Why do we use technologies in technology studies? Couldn’t we teach technology in a classroom without the complex lab and workshop infrastructures that characterizes technology studies? We could argue that this is by tradition; this is the way it always was. We could argue that we are involved in training students for occupations that use the technologies we use. We could argue that technology is naturally practical and demands that we offer practical activities. Tradition, vocation, or imitation. Not one of these three will get us very far. We could argue that students learn best when they are active; enactive experiences are best. With this argument, we verge on theoretical issues that underpin technology studies. However, neither experiencebased learning nor enactivism account for technologies in any adequate way. We need to retheorize learning theory to make it work for technology studies. Learning theories deal with specific notions of feelings, knowledge, and skills by addressing the problem of how we learn. Whether we are aware or not, our teaching practices are necessarily shaped by any number of learning theories. We are conditioned or socialized to express particular learning theories through years of participation in schooling and informal education. Sayings such as “we teach who we are” or “we teach how we were taught” suggest the power of our socialization into education. We are all products of our formal schooling and informal education.

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Dedication
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
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A great irony in this age of information technologies is that communication skills for many people have atrophied. Students take low levels of... Sample PDF
Analyzing and Designing Technology-Based Instruction
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Chapter 2
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What is intelligence? What do we know about knowledge? Are design and technological knowledge unique? Do different types of knowledge demand... Sample PDF
Organizing Knowledge for Instruction
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Chapter 3
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We began this book by acknowledging that the mere word “technology” provokes strong emotions or feelings from the heart. Advertisers play on these... Sample PDF
Feelings, Values, Ethics and Skills
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Chapter 4
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How do we factor the variability of students into our instructional methods? All students are different, and yet there are many commonalties from... Sample PDF
Instructional Methods and Learning Styles
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Chapter 5
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One of the most used and abused approaches to technology studies in the schools is creative design and technological problem-solving. Current... Sample PDF
Creativity and Ingenuity, Design, and Problem Solving
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Chapter 6
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Why do we use technologies in technology studies? Couldn’t we teach technology in a classroom without the complex lab and workshop infrastructures... Sample PDF
Learning Theory, technology and Practice
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Chapter 7
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Why should we teach technology in the schools? What is the reason for accommodating technology in the school curriculum? Why should we have to... Sample PDF
Justifying Technology Studies
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Chapter 8
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If status of a school subject is at issue, then content, benchmarks, and standards cannot be underestimated. Of course, the question is what content... Sample PDF
Technology Content, Process, and Standards
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Chapter 9
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Who should design the curriculum that technology educators teach? Should curriculum be developed by governments and ministries of education? Should... Sample PDF
Curriculum and Instruction Design
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Chapter 10
Assessment and Evaluation  (pages 280-321)
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Some teachers view assessment as a necessary evil. Some view assessment as their only real tool of discipline and power. Still other teachers view... Sample PDF
Assessment and Evaluation
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Chapter 11
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Classroom and facilities management require more than a series of techniques. Management and safety require a philosophy. Veteran teachers who “make... Sample PDF
Classroom Management, Facilities Design and Safety
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