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Unpacking secondary school technology teachers’interpretations and experiences of teaching ‘problem‑solving’

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dc.contributor.author Lane, Diarmaid
dc.contributor.author McGarr, Oliver
dc.contributor.author Nicholl, Bill
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-21T14:10:44Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-21T14:10:44Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/11056
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Research relating to the nature and purpose of ‘design’ activity across education sectors has accelerated in recent years as governments and policy makers throughout the world high light the importance of skills such as creative problem-solving and innovation. Within sec ondary schools, responsibility for teaching and learning through design is often assigned to Technology and Engineering subjects, however, gaps tend to exist in relation to what dif ferent teachers understand and experience about the teaching and learning of problem-solv ing and design in their classrooms. In this exploratory study, a small group of practicing secondary school teachers completed a one day training workshop where they were intro duced to new knowledge and pedagogical skills relating to design problem-solving using a classroom intervention called ‘Designing Our Tomorrow’. The teachers participated in a focus group discussion before and after the workshop in which they discussed their experi ences in teaching design. Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) (Lakof & Johnson Meta phors we live, University of Chicago Press, 1980) was employed to highlight the fgures of speech used by the teachers during the focus groups and from these a number of conceptual metaphors were identifed that described their understandings and experiences of teaching design problem-solving. In synthesizing the broad theoretical base relating to understand ings of design problem-solving and CMT together with the fndings from the one day pro fessional development workshop, the paper highlights the potential value for researchers in using CMT to unpack teachers’ views on how design problem-solving is taught and learned in schools. Finally, the paper reveals a potential new space to inform and evaluate future professional development of Technology teachers, particularly where the focus is on com plex and difcult to defne concepts such as design and problem-solving. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Technology and Design Education;
dc.subject conceptual metaphor theory en_US
dc.subject problem-solving en_US
dc.subject Desigd en_US
dc.title Unpacking secondary school technology teachers’interpretations and experiences of teaching ‘problem‑solving’ en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10798-022-09731-8
dc.contributor.sponsor Teaching Council of Ireland en_US
dc.relation.projectid RSF19S208 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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