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School Graduation Project in Robot Design: A Case Study of Team Learning Experiences and Outcomes

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Igor M. Verner ,

Israel Institute of Technology, IL
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A faculty member at the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
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Eyal Hershko

Israel Institute of Technology, IL
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A doctoral student at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

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Abstract

The field of technology education is undergoing intensive curricular revision to accommodate the contents and practices required by the new Standards for Technological Literacy (International Technology Education Association, 2000). The United States National Commission on the High School Senior Year released a report including recommendations for better preparation of secondary school graduates for tertiary education and professional careers (Panel Calls for preK-16 Education, 2001). One of the proposed changes was to introduce a senior project, which would provide a student with options of internship, research, and community service. Grubb, Davis, Lum, Plihal and Morgaine (1991) characterized the senior project as a model for integrating vocational and academic education. Accordingly, the project carried out would include hands- on experience in vocational workshops, research, problem solving, and presenting findings. Many American schools and school districts have developed and released guides to graduation projects on their websites (Goldsmith & Belasli, 2001). Similar programs are instituted in Great Britain and Israel. With this international effort to introduce projects into school curricula, there is a need to substantiate it by case studies of learning contents, processes, and assessment of specific projects as a source for case-based reasoning (Kolodner, 1993) and conceptualization of educational approaches.
How to Cite: Verner, I. M., & Hershko, E. (2003). School Graduation Project in Robot Design: A Case Study of Team Learning Experiences and Outcomes. Journal of Technology Education, 14(2), 40–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v14i2.a.4
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Published on 22 Mar 2003.
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