The Black Box and Beyond: Introducing a Conceptual Model as a Learning Tool for Developing Knowledge about Technological Systems
2015 (English)In: PATT 29 Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design & Technology Education, Marseille, France, April 2015 / [ed] Marjolaine Chatoney, Marseille: Presses Universitaires de Provence , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
In the last decade research about technological systems in technology education has attracted increased attention. This research has pinpointed pedagogical challenges in teaching about systems, particularly how pupils are given the opportunity to learn about complex systems in a conscious progression; the components and connections in between, system boundaries, and the relation to society in general and other systems in particular. The aim of this paper is to construct a conceptual model as a learning tool for developing knowledge about technological systems. Since we base this model on previous research about technological systems, this study is a qualitative research synthesis, where we employ comparative and hermeneutic methods. Our model contains focal points for teachers and pupils to attend to in technological systems education: 1. System structure, 2. System function with single or multiple inputs, and 3.The relationship between components without and with feedback loops. Important concepts for education about technological systems are system boundary, function, flow, feedback loop, black box, consequence, and historical evolution. Finally we introduce the concept of systems horizon as the limit for what can fruitfully be analyzed as a technological system.
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Marseille: Presses Universitaires de Provence , 2015.
technological system, conceptual model, technology education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117513DiVA: diva2:808984