Interdisciplinary craft designing and invention pedagogy in teacher education: student teachers creating smart textiles

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Abstract

The paper discusses how a teaching approach, interdisciplinary design and invention pedagogy, affected primary school student teachers' learning outcomes through the craft design process in pre-service teacher education. This study applies developmental work research (Engestrom in J Educ Work 14(1):133-156, 2001; Engestrom in Yhteiskehittely ja vaihdon vyohykkeet tutkijoiden ja elinkeinoelaman valilla 2013; Galison in Image & logic: a material culture of microphysics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1997; Gorman in Trading zones, interactional expertise and interdisciplinary collaboration 2005) that aims to develop educators' work involved here. To support a craft-designing process and making innovative artefacts, two disciplinesnatural science (physics) and dramaas examples of interdisciplinarity were invited to contribute to the craft process. The craft course on smart textiles' was carried out in the spring of 2014 and 2015 at the University of Helsinki in pre-service primary teacher education. The aim of the crafts course was to get student teachers familiar with different dimensions of crafts (textile, design and technology), inquiry-based designing and an interdisciplinary teaching approach to be used in a primary school context. The craft task included working in small groups and designing smart textiles. Student teachers documented their designing and implementation processes through photos and videos using applications such as iMovie or Movie maker. In addition, participants wrote comprehensions of their projects in learning diaries. The data consist of student teachers' learning diaries (N=17) and prototypes (N=17), which are analysed by qualitative content analysis. As results, first, the paper presents some innovative artefacts that student teachers created. Second, it describes the learning that emerged in pedagogical thinking of student teachers related to the interdisciplinary designing process, including (1) four interdisciplinary contexts, (2) new pedagogic thinking and (3) change of attitude towards integrative teaching.

Translated title of the contributionIntegroiva käsityön suunnittelu ja keksimispedagogiikka opettajankoulutuksessa: opiskelijat suunnittelevat älytekstiilejä
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Volume29
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
ISSN0957-7572
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Smart textiles
  • Craft designing
  • Making
  • STEAM disciplines
  • Primary teacher education
  • DRAMA
  • 516 Educational sciences

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