DAKERS, J.R., 2002. Dialectical methodology : the impact of incorporating a neo-Vygotskian approach to design and technology. Design & Technology Association International Research Conference, 12-14 April, pp. 45-50
This paper seeks to investigate how the incorporation of
dialectical methodology, as part of an inquiry based
pedagogy, can increase technological understanding within
the design process. Vygotsky sees the development of society
as a synthesis of life experience with taught concepts.
Technology and its relationship with society will be
considered in a case study carried out within the Scottish
technology curriculum, where the concept of ergonomics was
studied. Current practice in Scotland is explored, and a
neo-Vygotskian approach is discussed.