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By Yannis Hadzigeorgiou

This booklet is ready inventive ways to instructing and studying university technological know-how. Its crucial premise is that technological know-how studying may still mirror the character of technological know-how, and consequently be approached as an imaginative/creative job. As such, the e-book might be visible as an unique contribution of rules in relation to mind's eye and creativity in technological know-how education.
The ways mentioned within the e-book are storytelling, the adventure of ask yourself, the improvement of ‘romantic understanding’, and artistic technological know-how, together with technological know-how via visible paintings, poetry and dramatization. despite the fact that, given the perennial challenge of ways to have interaction scholars (of every age) in technological know-how, the inspiration of ‘aesthetic experience’, and accordingly the chance for college kids to have extra holistic and pleasing studying stories in the course of the aforementioned resourceful ways, can also be discussed.
Each bankruptcy offers an in-depth dialogue of the theoretical history of a particular resourceful process (e.g., storytelling, ‘wonder-full’ science), experiences the prevailing empirical proof relating to its function within the studying method, and issues out its implications for pedagogy and tutorial practices. Examples from actual technological know-how illustrating its implementation within the lecture room also are discussed.
In distinguishing among ‘participation in a technology task’ and ‘engagement with technology rules according to se’, the e-book emphasizes the important function of imaginitive engagement with technological know-how content material wisdom, and hence the possibility of the advised creative methods to draw scholars to the area of technological know-how.

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You can possibly teach quantum mechanics without mathematics, to be sure, but you can describe the strangeness of the world opened up by quantum theory. Let it be known, early on, that there are deep mysteries and profound paradoxes, revealed in their distant outlines, by the quantum. 1 Topics that have the potential to capture the imagination Topic The blackness of space or the invisibility The hopping step of an astronaut on the Moon Boiling eggs on the Moon Seeing an electron The transmission of Sun heat through an empty and freezing space The mystery of universal attraction Matter: its emptiness and its solidity Drinking coffee on an artificial satellite The fate of the Earth after the shrinking and total disappearance of the Sun Looking now and seeing the distant past (stars-ghosts) Paying a visit on an anti-planet onboard a terrestrial spaceship Exploring the Titanic Concept(s) Scattering and reflection of light, the colour of objects Forces, motion, mechanical energy changes Heat, atmospheric pressure The uncertainty principle The electromagnetic wave Gravity, action at a distance vs property of space Wave-particle dualism, probability The state of weightlessness Interactions, particles, gravitons The speed of light Matter, antimatter, the process of annihilation Hydrostatic pressure Source: Hadzigeorgiou (1999) intellectual equipment of an educated person, however his or her time is to be spent, ought to be a feel for the queerness of nature’ (Thomas, 1995, p.

78). Scientists make use of all three kinds of imagination. e. between their respective standing wave patterns) that were used by Thomas Young to explain the double-slit experiment, and the ball-and-stick models used in chemistry are examples of the metaphoric imagination. The thematic imagination, on the other hand, refers to general, broad, unifying ideas and presuppositions that determine a scientist’s work, like simplicity, symmetry, stability, and unity. It is interesting to note that Kind and Kind (2007), in reviewing the notion of scientific creativity, stress the fact that despite the difficulty and the challenge we face to build a reliable picture of science, as a human activity, a consensus about a set of ideas concerning the nature of science has been reached, and this set includes the idea of imagination (Kind & Kind, 2007, p.

Thus the idea that science is a creative/imaginative endeavour seems and sounds very plausible. And this idea becomes quite indisputable, once one considers the way scientific knowledge develops and the so-called ‘scientific method’. Over the past three decades, work in the epistemology of science has questioned empirical inductivism, since it has been recognized that scientific concepts and theories are imaginary constructions rather than products of direct observation of physical reality. Such work has also led to a reconsideration of what could be called the ‘scientific method’ and the view of science as a rational activity (Duschl, 1994; Trefil, 2003).

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