Modelling: promoting creativity whilst forging links between science education and design and technology education
Davies, T. and Gilbert, J. (2003) Modelling: promoting creativity whilst forging links between science education and design and technology education. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 3 (1). pp. 67-82. ISSN 1492-6156
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Educational reforms in many countries currently call for the development of knowledge-based societies. In particular, emphasis is placed on the promotion of creativity, especially in the areas of science education and of design and technology education. In this paper, perceptions of the nature of creativity and of the conditions for its realization are discussed. The notion of modelling as a creative act is outlined and the scope for using modelling as a bridge between science education and design and technology education explored. A model for the creative act of modelling is proposed and its major aspects elaborated upon. Finally, strategies for forging links between the two subjects are outlined.