Piloting technological understanding and reasoning in Icelandic schools

Gisli Thorsteinsson*, Brynjar Ólafsson

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A pilot research was undertaken in Icelandic schools during the 2013–2014 school year, in order to explore students’ technological understanding and reasoning at the ages of 11 and 13. The survey included a questionnaire regarding mechanical movement, power and thermodynamics, while the project considered the congruity between students’ undertakings within Design and Craft education in the national curricula and their ability to understand technology. This article examines the literature and considers the value of technology lessons within Icelandic Design and Craft education, in terms of students’ technological competence. Data was collected using a questionnaire distributed to three elementary schools and is highlighted with the researchers’ reviews of the national curricula. Findings were discussed and conclusions drawn and the results highlighted a general lack of understanding in technology, within the context of students’ daily lives. In addition, there were differences between boys and girls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-519
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Other keywords

  • Design and Craft
  • Icelandic schools
  • Reasoning
  • Research
  • Technical literacy


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