June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Engineering Design Graphics
24.654.1 - 24.654.12
Reconceptualising the role of 21st century graphics teachersDevelopments in research concerning the measurement of cognitive processing duringgraphical activities have stimulated discussion across different disciplines in relation to thepurpose of graphical education. This paper considers the redesign of an undergraduate courseof study for students within an Initial Technology Teachers Education programme at______________________.Within the Irish high school system “graphics” is offered as an optional subject for pupils atboth junior cycle (12-14 year olds) and senior cycle (15-17 year olds). Teachers of thesubject typically develop a mastery of content relating to plane and descriptive geometry and,they have well developed manual drafting and CAD skills. Graphics as a subject tends to betreated in isolation and there is limited understanding and agreement as to how the subjectcan be linked across different disciplines.In order to address contemporary needs, the work presented in this paper considers how agroup of experts analysed the role of engineering graphics across a range of disciplines andindustries. Initial results highlight a number of potential changes to a revised graphics courseof study for student teachers. It is proposed that the new course will concentrate ondeveloping teachers’ spatial visualization skills, graphical communication skills, cognitiveflexibility and problem solving skills. It is also identified that teachers should understand thecognitive development underpinning graphical capability and should be equipped with thenecessary skills to scaffold and assess the development of graphical understanding and skills.In an attempt to reconceptualise the role of graphics education in a broader context, the paperconcludes by discussing its complex nature across a range of disciplines and cultures.
Lane, D., & Branoff, T. J., & Lynch, R. (2014, June), Graphics within Initial Technology Teacher Education: A Snapshot of Ireland and the United States Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20545
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