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Grappling with Teaching Design and Technology: A Beginning Teacher's Experiences

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Research in Science & Technological Education Volume 21, Number 2, ISSN 0263-5143


This paper reports on an investigation into the first time implementation of a technology education unit of work by a beginning primary school teacher. The researchers monitored the teacher's implementation of the unit across a 6 week period using an interpretivist research approach. A variety of data sources were drawn upon including teacher and student interviews, video and audio recordings of small group and whole-class interactions, and student-developed artefacts. Providing appropriate learning activities to assist students to develop understanding about patterns and shapes incorporated into buildings and other structures to enhance strength and stability was a challenge faced by the beginning teacher. However, she drew support from a teaching resource, which provided guidance and structure for the teaching of technology concepts and processes related to strength and stability of structures and materials. The resource helped her to develop learning activities that were appropriate to the topic and to the needs of the students in her class. Implications of the study relate to the needs of teachers grappling with teaching design and technology for the first time and the support that they can gain from predetermined planning and teaching models and well-developed teaching resources.


Stein, S.J., Ginns, I.S. & McRobbie, C.J. (2003). Grappling with Teaching Design and Technology: A Beginning Teacher's Experiences. Research in Science & Technological Education, 21(2), 141-157. Retrieved May 30, 2023 from .

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