Understanding how an audio-visual introduction engaged GATE students in technology activity
Smith, T. W. (2010). Understanding how an audio-visual introduction engaged GATE students in technology activity (Thesis, Master of Education (MEd)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/4410
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As a technology education provider working in a technology education centre contracted to fourteen client schools, my aim is to provide experiences of quality learning for all students visiting the centre. One of the challenges to fulfilling this aim is the limited time available to work with visiting students and the accompanying need to engage students as quickly as possible in the learning activities This study is an investigation into how the use of an audio-visual introduction to technology class activities might meet this challenge when used in a series of three technology classes with gifted and talented (GATE) students. A qualitative, interpretive methodology was employed to gain insights into the effectiveness of this type of introduction in quickly motivating and engaging students in technological challenges in the study. Data gathering methods included classroom observations, video recording of class sessions, interviews with students and teacher, and analysis of student work. The study's findings indicate that carefully selected audio-visual material can provide an effective introduction to technology activities that quickly engage and motivate students to work together to find solutions to technological problems. The audio-visual introductions provided a shared experience and focus for students from different classes and schools to come together and work collaboratively towards a negotiated solution.
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