Teaching the Language of Technology : Toward a research agenda

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Title Teaching the Language of Technology : Toward a research agenda
Author Van Dijk, Gerald ; Hajer, Maaike
Editor de Vries, Marc
Date 2018
English abstract
At all levels of technology education language plays an important role. This chapter combines insights from applied linguistics, the philosophy of technology and the pedagogy of technology to explore characteristics of the specific language requirements of technology and the way in which students can be guided in the intertwined development of subject and language. More than traditional grammar, Systemic Functional Linguistics offers tools to describe the language of technology as a multimodal resource for meaning making, including textual (oral and written) and graphical modes. Elaboration of writing tasks that are closely related to ‘designing’ and ‘systems thinking’ reveals that language demands can only be understood from a content perspective. These demands depend on choices for pedagogy and orientations to technology education: vocational skills training could ask for writing tasks describing procedures, while orientations towards technological literacy could result in texts that discuss the impact of technologies on societies. The chapter further outlines content and language integrated approaches and discusses their potential for teaching technology, taking into account the specific position of learning at the edge of school and work place. What these approaches have in common is that technology and engineering teachers need knowledge about language, that can be considered part of pedagogical content knowledge. The chapter concludes with a broad outline for further multidisciplinary research and development.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44687-5_40 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Handbook of Technology Education
Series/Issue Springer International Handbooks of Education;
ISSN 2197-1951
ISBN 978-3-319-44686-8
Pages 537-549
Language eng (iso)
Subject language and content integrated learning
teacher knowledge about language
language of science
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
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