Technology Education for the 21st Century in Australia?
This paper reports on recent research to investigate effective practice and develop a definition of quality technology education in Australian primary and secondary schools. In Australia technology education encompasses a range of practical subject disciplines including working with materials, fabrics, food and media, and the provision of computer (ICT) education. The study developed a theoretical model of quality and effective practice that was used to describe the technology education provided by a selection of leading schools. A number of major issues were identified and recommendations were developed. In particular, many schools needed substantially more equipment, materials and teacher training and the ‘optional’ status of technology education in the compulsory years of education needed to be removed.
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