Friday , September 21 2018

A Pedagogical Consideration of Technology Enhanced Laboratory Work in Technology Education

Tom Page
Loughborough University, UK

Gisli Thorsteinsson
Iceland University of Education, Iceland

Miika Lehtonen
University of Lapland, Finland

Andrei Niculescu
National Institute for R&D in Informatics, ICI, Romania

Abstract: This paper discusses the development of a pedagogical model entitled “Network oriented study with simulations”. This model supports teaching and learning in technology education particularly in the laboratory setting using a computer-based tool, termed the web-orientation agent (WOA). The aim of this research is to examine the pedagogy of technology education in order to establish a model for such pedagogy so that appropriate tools can be developed and implemented to support it. In essence, the WOA is a software-based tool, providing a supportive and interactive learning environment that makes use of local applications, in this work, an electronic circuit design and simulation application.

We introduce some preliminary research findings with our university level student group (N=9), all males, using qualitative design based action research (e.g. Hannafin 2004; c.p. Carr & Kemmis 1989). The methods are based on simultaneous video, stimulated recall and group interviews data. It has yielded valuable information to develop the described pedagogical model further on how study using simulation tools and network applications that support these and how more traditional media can be appropriately organized to be closely linked with modern media to support learning.

This study describes also the “Network-Based Mental Tools in Technology Education” case research, which made it possible to test the theoretical bases described in this paper. Evaluation of the preliminary conclusions, the future development of the WOA will be targeted at least to developing a more interactive and adaptive user interface and using a variety of media types (gif/flash animation, streaming movie clips, sound e.g. as a parallel information channel and as a part of a supplementary edutainment-oriented solution.

Keywords: Technology education, simulation.

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CITE THIS PAPER AS:
Tom PAGE, Gisli THORSTEINSSON, Miika LEHTONEN, Andrei NICULESCU, A Pedagogical Consideration of Technology Enhanced Laboratory Work in Technology Education, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 17 (3), pp. 85-94, 2008.