Theorising technology education from a cultural-historical perspective: Foundations and future imaginings

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Abstract

In this chapter, three interrelated concepts drawn from cultural-historical theory are interrogated to develop a futures orientation to technology education. They are: tools and signs as cultural practice, everyday concepts and technological concepts in technology education, and imagination and creativity in design and technology education. Bringing these together in technology education offers a way for students and teachers to together consider the way the cultural and historical (and future) ecology of societies is realised through the knowledge base and values-oriented activity of design and technology, and to understand that technological activity is embedded in a deep knowledge of self and community. As such, technology education has both an ethical and moral responsibility to support imaginings that sustain people and communities in harmony and for the well being of the broader ecological and social environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Technology Education
EditorsP John Williams, Alister Jones, Cathy Buntting
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Pages35-55
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9789812871695
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Publication statusPublished - 2015

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