BRICOLAGE: A PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL MAIN CAMPUS
Philippine Science High School Main Campus (PHILIPPINES)
" 'Bricolage' takes its starting point in strategies for the organization of work: The painter-programmer is guided by the work as it proceeds rather than staying with a pre-established plan". - Seymour Papert
The Philippine Science High School Main Campus is a scholarship school for gifted students at the secondary level, and our graduates are expected to take science or engineering courses at university. Thus, technology subjects in our school are meant to foment desirable scientific and engineering skills and attitudes.
This paper shares an approach to technology education where the student is encouraged to practice "bricolage" throughout the design process. The student is helped to acquire a 'toolbox' of knowledge and skills that they can draw on in order to solve problems. In turn, going through the design process adds to their toolbox of skills.
This practice of methodical yet creative problem solving can be applied to many areas, from woodwork to robotics, as will be shown in the sampling of student works.