Theories in technology evaluation
This course explores the role of, and relationship between, theories and paradigms and evaluation. A theory is simply a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, or a set of principles on which some form of activity is based. Paradigms are something more; put simply a paradigm represents a perspective or point of view affecting what is recognised, known, valued and done. As such, a paradigm advances both a set of assumptions about the world and a philosophical framework for the study of that world. For example, computer science or engineering provide different paradigms for the evaluation and explanation of technological developments from those provided by sociology or psychology.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Technology.