Developing Observation Skills in Problem Identification Regarding Lower Secondary Design and Technology

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to examine the development of student observation skills in problem identification process at a lower secondary level. Using a Singapore secondary school as a case study, a qualitative research approach was adopted to study the curriculum, lesson documents, and student design journals. In conclusion, the development of students’ observation skills must be scaffolded. To enhance observations, questioning techniques can be used to sharpen the clarity and purpose of the observations. In addition, actual site observations represent an important learning experience that cannot be replaced by only collecting information from social media. More importantly, observation skills support critical thinking and social emotional learning. Finally, from this study, a set of characteristics for skilled observers in problem identification was suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351
Number of pages361
Journal日本産業技術教育学会誌 (The Japan Society of Technology Education)
Volume63
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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