Explanation and prediction in technology education
2013 (English)In: Technology teachers as researchers: Philosophical and Empirical Technology Education Studies in the Swedish TUFF Research School / [ed] Inga-Britt Skogh, Marc J. de Vries, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013, 33-51 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
An explanation improves understanding. In technology education, explanations are needed to increase pupils' understanding of for example technical mechanisms, artefact functions, and how technology affects society and the sciences. Explanations in technology differ from those in science due to the great importance of intentions and normative characteristics in technology. In this article, a classification system for explanations in technology education is sketched. Explanations are classified according to the characteristics of their explananda (what they are to explain), how they are presented, and what kinds of models they utilise. They are evaluated according to whether their contents fulfil their purpose, and how well they suit their audience.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013. 33-51 p.
, International technology education studies, 12
technology education, epistemology of technology, modelling, explanation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-136233ISBN: 978-94-6209-441-3ISBN: 978-94-6209-442-0ISBN: 978-94-6209-443-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-136233DiVA: diva2:675624
QC 201402242013-12-042013-12-042014-05-12Bibliographically approved