The Case for Technology Habits of Mind

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This chapter suggests how habits of mind for technology might be conceived and developed to offer technology teachers an alternative lens through which to explore their pedagogy. Habits of mind are ways of thinking or behaving intelligently when meeting new learning challenges. They include dispositions linked to academic success such as perseverance and curiosity and capabilities important for employability and long-term well-being such as creativity and sociability. Disciplinary habits of mind emphasise distinctive ways of thinking and behaving which support learning. In STEM subjects they can help to bring learning to life for children by demonstrating links between the subject and its application in the world outside school. Technology habits of mind will complement the habits of mind already developed for science, engineering and mathematics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPedagogy for Technology Education in Secondary Schools:
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Informed Perspectives for Classroom Teachers
EditorsP. John Williams, David Barlex
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-41548-8
ISBN (Print) 978-3-030-41547-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Technology Education
PublisherSpringer Nature


  • Technology habits of mind
  • Design & Technology
  • Technology education
  • Learning dispositions

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Hanson, J., & Lucas, B. (2020). The Case for Technology Habits of Mind. In P. J. Williams, & D. Barlex (Eds.), Pedagogy for Technology Education in Secondary Schools: Research Informed Perspectives for Classroom Teachers (pp. 45-64). (Contemporary Issues in Technology Education). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.