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Educational materials linking technology teaching with science education: Technology in life

Treagust, D.F., Beckingham, M. and Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755 (1988) Educational materials linking technology teaching with science education: Technology in life. UNESCO: Division of Science Technical and Environmental Education, Perth, Western Australia.

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The document series was initiated as part of UNESCO's Programme on the Teaching of Science and Technology to encourage an international exchange of ideas and information on science and technology education.

The present volume under the theme of "Technology in Life" addresses the ways in which energy can be harnessed to improve the quality of human life. It comprises seven units:

- Sundials: Solar Timing Devices
- The Solar House: A Passive Solar Structure
- The Green House: A Passive Solar Structure
- Solar Hot Water Heater, Solar Oven, Solar Still:
Solar Thermal Systems
- The Windmill: Using the Wind's Energy
- Biomass: Energy from Plant and Animal Materials
- Photovolaic Cells: Solar Energy in the Future.

Each unit has been treated under six sub-headings: Objectives, Introduction, Presentation and Investigation, Association and Systematization, Application,and Bibliography. "Presentation and Investigation", forming the main part of each unit, consists of a series of investigations to be carried out with the design and development of functional products of technology.

The section on "Application" addresses general problems to be solved within the community. Since it is not possible to describe all possible communities, this part of the unit will require additional input from the teacher to specify the actual environment's concern, for example, reducing heat gain to a house, or building a greenhouse.

All units involve the students in decision-making as well as in the design and production processes of a wide range of solar collection devices. Evaluation of each unit has been left to the individual teacher. It could, however, take the form of a pencil and paper test and the decision-making/design/production processes involved in each case.

The materials have been prepared under the auspices of the Science and Mathematics Education Centre of the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, under contract with UNESCO. They were developed by Dr David Treagust as the Project Director. He was assisted by Ms Marjorie Beckingham and Ms Dorit Maor (Project Writers) and Ms Trudy Tanner (Word Processing). Their services are gratefully acknowledged. The opinions expressed in the text are those of the authors and not necessarily those of UNESCO.

Item Type: Report
Series Name: Science and Technology Education. Document Series No. 31
Publisher: UNESCO: Division of Science Technical and Environmental Education
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