Review of the book Analyzing best practices in technology education
International Journal of Technology and Design Education
Innovation in technology education is at an all-time high in school programs around the world. Yet creative teachers rarely have an opportunity, even in their local settings, to elucidate the goals and outcomes of their programs, to explain why specific activities are chosen, and to point out the specific student outcomes accomplished in the technology classroom. In this volume, 12 technology educators describe eight unique approaches to introducing learners to intrinsically interesting learning opportunities in their classrooms. These compelling accounts communicate the excitement of student exploration of topics ranging from puppetry to biotechnology, from reverse engineering to the history of technology, and to design and construction problems as diverse as electric motors and community planning models. The panel of editors includes Marc de Vries, Eindhoven University of Technology; Rod Custer, Illinois State University; John Dakers, University of Glasgow; and Gene Martin, Texas State University. In the introductory chapter, de Vries explains the organizational scheme for this pioneering book and orients the reader to the presentations that follow. The volume is patterned after Analyzing Exemplary Science Education, edited by Steve Alsop, Larry Bencze, and Erminia Pedretti. In both publications, innovative practitioners on the international scene were invited to describe their successful implementation of novel classroom experiences for their students and summarize the outcomes of their work.
Householder, D. L. (2008). [Review of the book Analyzing best practices in technology education, edited by M. de Vries, R. Custer, J. Dakers, & G. Martin]. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 18(3), 313-317.