ERIC Number: ED188695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Dimensions of Technical Education.
Constructive planning for technical education in developing countries must begin with a definition of technical education and its objectives. Technical education, as opposed to skill-oriented vocational training, is built upon a solid theoretical basis which supports one or more skill components. As such, it provides the student with the potential for growth within a given technical discipline or into a related technology. The objectives of technical education are to produce a technician who can not only perform the skill components of the field and understand why they must be performed in the prescribed manner, but also relate social values to the technical field. To obtain these objectives, the student needs a modicum of maturity and a realization of his/her intellectual potential; therefore, the most appropriate time for technical education occurs at the tertiary level in an environment reproducing the setting in which the technical skills are likely to be practiced. Whether the learning takes place in a university or not, instructional patterns should involve theory, practice, and related arts and sciences. Minimum competency standards must be enforced and instructors must be aware of the differing motivational problems of non-traditional students. Finally, technical education should occur within the society it is to serve, so that students can learn within the context of their society's relation with technology. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Nigeria/U.S. Workshop on Technological Development in Nigeria (New York, NY, April 9-12, 1979).