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Agendas, influences, and capability: perspectives on practice in design and technology education

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Show simple item record Doyle, Andrew Seery, Niall Canty, Donal Buckley, Jeffrey 2017-11-21T10:43:12Z 2017-11-21T10:43:12Z 2017
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract A philosophical shift in policy now situates the development of technological capability as the focus of Irish technology education. Internationally, the effectiveness of curricular reform in the discipline has previously been called to question, as the legacy of the preceding vocational craft subjects has been seen to throttle the evolution of practice in aligning with emergent policy. As Irish technology education shares this vocational heritage, this research seeks to explore the effectiveness of policy change through an investigation of current practices in the discipline. Specifically, this research seeks to explore the alignment of teachers’ perceptions of practice in terms of the focus of learning activities and educational outcomes as prescribed by curricula. A methodological framework was developed to explore teachers’ (n = 15) perceptions, ecologically rooted in the tasks and activities they use to teach in their classrooms. The results suggest a misalignment between what teachers conceive as important to the discipline, and their enacted practices. The paper unpacks the contentions surrounding this misalignment and discusses factors which appear to influence teachers’ perceptions, forming a greater understanding of what influences practice in the discipline. 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 technology education en_US
dc.subject technological capability en_US
dc.subject perceptions of practice en_US
dc.subject influences on practice en_US
dc.title Agendas, influences, and capability: perspectives on practice in design and technology education 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/s10798-017-9433-0
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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