Article | PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012 | Parents as teachers: Using parent helpers to guide young children’s technological practice

Title:
Parents as teachers: Using parent helpers to guide young children’s technological practice
Author:
Louise Milne: Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, New Zealand Michael Forret: Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, New Zealand
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Year:
2012
Conference:
PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012
Issue:
073
Article no.:
041
Pages:
348-354
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-06-18
ISBN:
978-91-7519-849-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Technology Education is one of eight learning areas of the New Zealand national curriculum. It aims to develop a broad technological literacy through students participating in learning programmes in which they engage in technological practice and through this practice develop capability; knowledge and an understanding of technology as a domain in its own right. Experiencing and exploring contemporary examples of technological practice is recognised as an effective way of developing technological literacy and; in this study; students visited a chocolate factory in order to find out how to make a chocolate gift for Mothers’ Day. While the value of learning experiences outside the classroom (LEOTC) is well documented in learning areas such as science; there are few studies which explore LEOTC in Technology and specifically those of junior primary students.

A key element of this process; and the focus of this paper; is the role that parent helpers play in guiding and supporting students during both visits outside the classroom; and construction tasks within the classroom. It also raises the issue of the preparation and scaffolding parents require to enable them to help students effectively carry out these tasks. The role of a parent helper is a crucial one and the data from this study suggests that the status and time given to this preparation is; at times; varied and can have significant impact on children’s learning outcomes.

PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Louise Milne, Michael Forret
Title:
Parents as teachers: Using parent helpers to guide young children’s technological practice
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PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Louise Milne, Michael Forret
Title:
Parents as teachers: Using parent helpers to guide young children’s technological practice
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