Research in Science Education

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 413–413 | Cite as

Technology in the curriculum: A vehicle for the development of children's understanding of science concepts through problem solving

  • Beverley Jane
  • Leanne Smith
Abstracts and Research Notes


This research was carried out over a period of ten months with children in Grades 2 and 3 (aged 7 and 8) who were participating in a sequence of technology activities. Since the introduction into Victorian primary schools ofThe Technology Studies Framework P-10 (Crawford, 1988), more teachers are including technology studies in their classrooms and by so doing may assist children's understanding of science concepts. Children are being exposed to science phenomena related to the technology activities and Technology Studies may be a way of providing children with science experiences. ‘Technology Studies’ in this context refers to children carrying out practical problem solving tasks which can be completed without any particular scientific knowledge. Participation in the technology activities may encourage children to become actively involved, thereby facilitating an exploration of the related science concepts. The project identified the importance of challenge in relation to the children's involvement in the technology activities and the conference paper (available from the first author) discusses particular topics in terms of the balance between cognitive/metacognitive and affective influences (Baird et al., 1990)


Primary School Scientific Knowledge Practical Problem Science Concept Science Experience 
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  1. Baird, J. R., Fensham, P. J., Gunstone, R. F. & White, R. T. (1990). Teaching, learning, research, and change: common processes; common demands; common outcomes; common rewards. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association.Google Scholar
  2. Crawford, J. (ed.) (1988).The Technology Studies Framework P-10, Curriculum Branch. Melbourne: Ministry of Education, Victoria.Google Scholar

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© Australasian Science Education Research Association 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley Jane
    • 1
  • Leanne Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Teacher Education (Primary)Deakin UniversityBurwood
  2. 2.Coral Park Primary SchoolHampton Park

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