Quote of the moment - By all means email any worthy quotes

    What does a fish know of water in which it swims all its life? What does a man know of nature of which he is an integral part? The ancient answer is: he knows and he knows not. (cited in Saraswati, 1995 (Ed) Man in Nature)

    The more I have learned in life, and I have learned a lot, the less confident I am in what I know. From this, I conclude that adamancy is a sign of ignorance. M. Ferguson 2010- Polymathica

Friday, 7 March 2008

Papers, essays etc by Jason E Newcombe

Papers are currently accessable via 'Scribd'. All work is in draft format (pre-publication) only.
Access is via the respective link or by going to SCRIBD directly and conduct a search

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Conference presentations

NEWCOMBE, J. & SEEMANN, K. 2008. Skilling out technological intelligence: A skills-climate paradox. Paper presented at the 5th biennial international conference on technology education research: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 27-29 November 2008: Griffith institute for educational research: Griffith University.

NEWCOMBE, J. E. 2006. Core disciplined study of technology: Of value but not valued? In: MIDDLETON, H., PAVLOVA, M. & ROEBUCK, D. (eds.) 4th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research Values in Technology Education [CDROM version] Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 7- 9 December.: Centre for learning research, Griffith University.

NEWCOMBE, J. E. 2004. Expert conceptions of technology education: Convergences and divergences. IPaper presented at the 3rd biennial conference on technology education research-Learning for Innovation in technology. Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast Australia, 9-11 December: Centre of learning research, Griffith University

NEWCOMBE, J. E. 2000. Conceptualising technology educaiton for general education: a delphi study. Bachelor of Technology Education with Honours Unpublished Dissertation, Griffith University.

Magazines and short pieces.

Technology Roman roads. Of course, they "go with out saying". 
This short piece was submitted and published in a modified form within a postgraduate association's annual magazine.

Feeding skills shortages in a technological society: Which ones? where and for how long?
This is an abstract and a brief summary for a Presentation at ‘Praxis 2007’; the Southern Cross university postgraduate association’s multi-disciplinary conference.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

What on earth is Meta- Technacy

Meta- Technacy is really only an emerging concept for the purpose of raising awareness for informed holistic technology understanding.  

Look, words are of little consequence by themselves but what IS powerful are the ideas words represent. First at one level, consider the word roots in layperson terms:  Meta-above, beyond, after, over; Techne-Craft; ~acy-state of, possessing a quality.

So here 'meta' represents the idea that to have learnt knowledge is one thing but to really know how we come to know and to know WHY we know- now that takes a whole other level of awareness and reasoning.
Technacy refers to possessing a rounded capability founded in essential core principles of technology as a phenomena. That is best explained by others... in this peer reviewed journal paper on the Basic Principles and in a general overview in Wikipedia.

SO what is the antithesis position or the alternative to meta-technacy? Ask, what would it mean to NOT have awareness of how you understand the technology around you? Indeed the problem is that it is difficult to actually 'know what you don't know' and all that is left is to somehow be guided in a way that helps you discover your own ignorance.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Welcome Introduction

Hi there, I hope you find some information of interest here. This blog is not intended to be a diary, just a way of sharing some information that may be of use in the study of technology. It is also aimed at at those who have a general interest to understanding the bigger picture as it relates to our material [and digital] world.

The impetus for this site is a frustration in a narrow perception of technology that tends to have dominated since information technologies became such a prominent feature of our society. Perhaps worse is that some education thinking appears to focus on that if you can work a computer you are being technological. I am yet to be convinced that this is all there is to it.
Viewing a computer as technology is not the problem, but the fascination for a piece of silicon-based material that is emits an 'on' or an 'off'? Might not this small device be over-emphasized at the expense of time given to serious consideration the other x% of our technological world? For example, what about all the other forms of technological thinking that goes into producing the personal computer, which, when it reaches your desk, certainly embodies more than a microprocessor and other similar gadgets.

SO, There are links already posted regarding holistic technology education (technacy) and from time-to-time there may be some Slide Presentations, essays and papers posted. In the future there will be lists generated of texts that every student of technology ought read that demonstrates technology has been studied in some depth in our current times since at least the mid to late 1800's. And before then, ancient philosophers also considered technological topics.

Papers, essays etc by Jason E Newcombe


Links Page - Find heaps of online references to Technacy

On this page there are a selection of links.   Some specifically address Technacy knowledge, whilst others make reference to technacy and yet others provide examples of technacy in action.

other technacy links incl. media