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On intelligence in technology education: Towards redefining technological capability
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM). Athlone Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8292-5642
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE). Athlone Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4199-4753
University of Limerick.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4819-0424
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4115-6584
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Technology subject in general post-primary education is unique based on its conception and treatment of knowledge. The task specific utility of knowledge is emphasised and at the same time, in reflection of the breadth of technology in society, the variance in the context of learning tasks can be quite large. The subject is considered to have a fluid epistemology which directly affects how capability is contextually defined. The concept of technological capability has been ascribed multiple definitions however the more commonly aligned with model suggests it refers to a synthesis of knowledge, skills, values and problem solving in a technological context. However the combination of knowledge, skills, values and problem solving neglects to acknowledge intelligence in the form of domain general abilities which have been observed to have a significant effect on student performance. Therefore this paper argues for the integration of contextually relevant domain general abilities with current conceptions of technological capability.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-259969DiVA, id: diva2:1353926
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PATT2018: Research and Practice in Technology Education: Perspectives on Human Capacity and Development
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QC 20191011

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved

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