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Basic Principles in Holistic Technology Education


Kurt Seemann

Southern Cross University, AU
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A faculty member at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, Australia.
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A school that adopts a curriculum, that aims for a holistic understanding of technology, does so because it produces a better educated person than a curriculum which does not. How do we know when we are teaching technology holistically and why must we do so? Increasingly, more is asked of technology educators to be holistic in the understanding conveyed to learners of technology itself in order to make better informed technical and design decisions in a wider range of applied settings. The ability of the learner to naturally consider social and environmental factors, for example, when seeking solutions is seen by some State education systems in Australia as fundamental to a genuine education in technology (New South Wales Board of Studies, 2000 & 2002). In philosophy, the holist position asserts that to understand the particular one must understand its relation to the whole and that only through reflection of one’s sensation based applications can genuine knowledge be critically affirmed (Matthews, 1980, p.87 & p.93). The combined apparently independent paths of the State and the Holist positions set a compelling scene not only for the socio-economic necessity for holistic technology education in the curriculum but also for Technology’s status as a key curriculum agent in the knowledge formation process of educated individuals.

How to Cite: Seemann, K. (2003). Basic Principles in Holistic Technology Education. Journal of Technology Education, 14(2), 28–39. DOI:
Published on 22 Mar 2003.
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