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TED 201: Introduction to Teaching Technology Education

How this guide is organized

According to Prof. Dykeman, here are the questions you will need to answer as part of your assignment:

  1. What are the origins of the philosophy/theory? What experiences influenced its development?
  2. What are the key elements of that theory or philosophy?
  3. How has that theory/philosophy been implemented or evident in past iterations of school?
  4. What elements of that theory or philosophy can/should be transferred to a technology and engineering classroom?
  5. How would implementation of those elements manifest/be demonstrated in instruction and the classroom environment?

Below, I'll explain which resources can help you answer each of these questions. 

A few how-to guides you might find useful:

Questions 1 - 3

These resources should help you find information about the influences and history behind your learning theory / theorist, as well as key points about the theory. Since theories or philosophies were likely informed by observation, the history of the theory may shed some light on how it was evident in "past iterations of school."

The first two sources are (online) multi-volume encyclopedias, and they're somewhat dated. If you have a newer theory / theorist (ex. Bransford), you might want to skip to the last two links.

You might also want to see if we have any books that talk about your theory / theorist. I understand you probably don't have time to read an entire book for this assignment, but you might find a chapter or two that is useful! 

Questions 3 - 5

For the last few questions, you may want to search some of the library's databases to see if articles have been written about your theory / theorist, and how they relate to technology and engineering. 

A few tips

  • Although most search tools will look for all of the words you search for, they don't always look for those words together. If you want to search for a specific phrase, put it in quotes - e.g. "cognitive load." (This works in Google and most library databases.)

  • In addition to your theory / theorist, you might try searching for these topics:

    • STEM
    • STEM education
    • Science education
    • Engineering education
    • Technology education (make sure to put this one in quotes!)
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