ERIC Number: ED395794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Technology Education In Australia: National Policy and State Implementation.
Gardner, Paul L.
This paper reviews a decade of development of technology education at the secondary school level in Australia. It traces the influences, both national and international, which have pressed the nation's education systems to introduce technology studies into the school curriculum. The increasing globalization, the movement of capital and labor, the increasing use of English as an international language of commerce and tourism, and rapid electronic communications are some of the cultural influences that have affected curriculum developments. The societal context is examined, in which various sources of influence-from the political, industrial, and education sectors-have together resulted in technology studies becoming a major growth area in the senior years of Australian secondary education. Models of the technology curriculum which have influenced local curriculum design are described and characteristics which distinguish the new curricula from previous, traditional forms of technical education are identified. Recent attempts by federal government agencies to introduce a national curriculum in technology and seven other key learning areas are outlined. The paper ends by identifying some of the practical problems that have emerged as educational systems attempt to implement technology studies. Contains 46 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Jerusalem International Science and Technology Education Conference (2nd, Jerusalem, Israel, January 8-11, 1996).