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International Journal of Technology and Design Education
Int J Tech Des Educ

Published/Hosted by Springer. ISSN (printed): 0957-7572. ISSN (electronic): 1573-1804.

The International Journal of Technology and Design Education seeks to encourage research and scholarly writing about any aspect of technology and design education. Critical review and comparative studies are particularly prominent as are contributions which draw upon other literatures such as those derived from historical philosophical sociological or psychological studies of technology or design in order to address issues of concern to technology and design education. One of the most significant developments of recent years has been the emergence of technology and design education as an integral part of general education in many parts of the world. Its distinctive curriculum features are technological literacy and capability and it highlights the importance of 'knowledge in action' of 'doing' as well as 'understanding'. However teaching technology and design as a component of general education is an emergent rather than an established practice and many questions remain to be answered. In addition to issues about the nature of technology itself little is known about students' learning and teachers' understandings of technology and about what it means to become more technologically capable. There are important issues about the preparation of technology teachers the assessment of technological competence and the relationship of technology to other curriculum elements notably science. There are also significant policy questions relating to the practice and rationale of curriculum change.

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