Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pedagogical Planning for Technology Education

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Technology and Entrepreneurship Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit presents core practical pedagogical knowledge within the context of technology education. It discusses pedagogical content knowledge and project based learning as two focal concepts which have been found useful for teaching technological knowledge.

Within such discussion, the STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) philosophy is presented and the student is helped to develop such an outlook toward technological knowledge by developing schemes of work and lesson plans. Such plans would need to account for diverse audiences e.g. different abilities, gender, special needs and also diverse environments e.g. classroom, workshop, laboratory, home. The unit also highlights how pedagogical planning and teaching of technological knowledge can be facilitated by the use of modern educational technology.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- Support a STEM (STEAM) philosophy within the planning for technology classes through cooperation and collaboration with other subjects.
- Present methods of how to contextualize design tasks and make them relevant for a young audience.
- Present the effective use of resources and strategies e.g. use of workshop activity, use of time, use of group work, use of educational technology etc.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss the concepts of pedagogical content knowledge and project-based learning within the contexts of school curricular subjects such as Technical Design and Technology, Graphical Communication/Engineering Drawing and Vocational Engineering Technology.
- Explain STEM/STEAM philosophy and link knowledge across the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics disciplines.
- Contextualize and adapt design and technology tasks to make them appropriate for diverse age group, ability level, gender, special needs etc.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Develop schemes of work and lesson plans suited for a variety of audiences.
- Adapt pedagogical planning according to diverse learning environments e.g. organizing safe and inclusive activities in a workshop, organizing engaging activities within a classroom.
- Use educational technology to facilitate pedagogical planning and also lesson delivery.
- Work with other educators as a STEM/STEAM team to plan educational activities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

Banks, F., & Barlex, D. (2014). Teaching STEM in the secondary School: Helping teachers meet the challenge. Oxon: Routledge.

Petrina, S. (2006). Advanced Teaching Methods for the Technology Classroom: IGI Global.

Supplementary Readings:

Barak, M., & Hacker, M. (Eds.). (2011). Fostering Human Development Through Engineering and Technology Education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Middleton, H. (Ed.). (2008). Researching Technology Education: Methods and Techniques. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%
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LECTURER/S Carmel Navarro

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