On young people’s experience of systems in technology
2012 (English)In: Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, ISSN 1360-1431, E-ISSN 2040-8633, Vol. 17, no 1, 67-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Immersed in a technologically complex world, young people make sense of a multi-faceted set of events in everyday life. Discerning technological systems is potentially useful in this process. This article investigates the variation in how Swedish young people experience technological systems and is based on interviews focusing three systems concerning transport, energy and communication—contextualised in relation to bananas, electricity, and mobile phones. A phenomenographic analysis results in five qualitatively distinct categories, describing different ways of understanding technological systems: Using single components, Using the system output, Influencing the system, Interacting with the system, and Integrating the system. The main contribution of the study is the illumination of how these categories are constituted—primarily in terms of the meaning of the systems the role of humans and how the systems are delimited towards the surroundings. The results support that different ways of understanding technological systems implies different ways of understanding the complex nature of technology. The results also open up possibilities of developing teaching for technological citizenship.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 67-77 p.
Technological system, technology education, phenomenography, technological citizenship
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63748OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63748DiVA: diva2:382718
On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Manuscript.2011-01-032011-01-032014-09-11Bibliographically approved