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Technology Landscapes in Children’s Literature
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5721-7719
2019 (English)In: Explorations in Technology Education Research: Helping Teachers Develop Research Informed Practice / [ed] P. John Williams and David Barlex, Singapore: Springer, 2019, p. 73-94Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is about technology and children’s literature. The aim of this study was to take a journey through the technology landscapes of a selection of Swedish children’s literature, written during the last century (Axell,C. Technology landscapes in children’s literature. A didactic journey fromNils Holgersson to Pettson and Findus. Dissertation. Linköping University,Linköping, 2015). The empirical material was based on catalogues used by school libraries to order new books, and some of the chosen books are still frequently borrowed from Swedish libraries. The selection was justified by the fact that they not only contain depictions of technology but also depict issues and problems considered relevant today in the field of technology education. Examples of these issues include reflections about the nature of technology,discussions about its advantages and disadvantages or the way technology is described in a social and historical context. The analysis of the stories showed that they not only contained depictions of technology but also depicted issues and problems relevant in the field of technology education. The ambivalent messages in the books revealed the multifaceted nature of technology as well as its complexity in ways that textbooks seldom do. A conclusion from the analysis was that children’s fiction could be a starting point for creative discussions about the nature of technology and technology’s effects on individuals, society and nature in the past, present and future.

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Singapore: Springer, 2019. p. 73-94
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Contemporary Issues in Technology Education, ISSN 2510-0327, E-ISSN 2510-0335
Keywords [en]
Technology education, Children’s literature, Views of technology, Views of nature, Views of the future
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154312DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-3010-0_6ISBN: 978-981-13-3009-4 (print)ISBN: 978-981-13-3010-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-154312DiVA, id: diva2:1285484
Available from: 2019-02-04 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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