Fostering Learning in the Engineering and Technology Class: From Content-Oriented Instruction Toward a Focus on Cognition, Metacognition and Motivation

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Abstract

It is widely agreed that one of most important objectives of education in general, and engineering and technology education in particular, is fostering students’ cog-nitive skills and their development as independent and confident learners. Although in recent decades, the field of engineering and technology education has been en-riched by considerable writing on issues such as the nature of technology, techno-logical literacy, and design and problem-solving, less has been written about the role of engineering and technology education in promoting students’ learning skills and motivation to learn. This question is acute in engineering-oriented technology education programs, such as those in Israeli high schools, because teachers who possess a strong engineering background frequently tend to concentrate on teaching specific subject matter in areas such electronics or mechanics. These teachers often regard the development of students’ learning skills as a side effect or a ‘natural outcome’ of learning engineering subjects. The purpose of this chapter is to examine ways of promoting students’ cognition, metacognition and motivation competences in the context of learning engineering and technology. The chapter starts with a brief review of theories dealing with the promotion of learning skills in the engineering and technology class. Then, preliminary outcomes from a program aimed at enhancing learning skills in engineering and technology in Israeli high schools are discussed. Conclusions and directions for further research are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFostering Human Development Through Engineering and Technology Education
EditorsMoshe Barak, Michael Hacker
PublisherBrill Sense
Pages35-53
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789460915499
ISBN (Print)9789460915482, 9789460915475
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Publication series

NameInternational Technology Education Studies
PublisherBrill
Volume6
ISSN (Print)1879-8748

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