Teaching for CAD Expertise

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Chester, Ivan
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K.S. Volk

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2006
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Hong Kong

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CAD has for some time been an integral part of Technology Education. The recent introduction of highly sophisticated low-cost CAD software and CAM hardware capable of running on desktop computers has accelerated this trend. There is now quite widespread introduction of solid modeling CAD software into secondary schools but how much is really known about the processes of learning and teaching CAD, particularly solid modeling? This paper will discuss current practice in CAD teaching and the way this relates to solid modeling. It will discuss the findings of current research with particular emphasis on the difference between command knowledge and strategic knowledge in CAD and how this relates to the development of CAD expertise. The results of a recent experimental study into the teaching of CAD expertise will be then be outlined and the implications for the teaching and learning process will be discussed.

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International Conference Technology Education in the Asia Pacific Region Conference 2006 Proceedings: Articulating Technology Education in a Global Community

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