ERIC Number: ED310236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Concept of Key Technologies. An Appraisal of Current Use and Thoughts for Future Implementation in Education and Training.
A feasibility study was made of the implementation of key technology concepts, as espoused by the Engineering Council in collaboration with the Future Education Unit, into school, further education, and higher education curricula. Research--including national conferences, staff development seminars, and cross-curricular assignment work led to the conclusion that it is possible to introduce key technology concepts into curricula, but only with good planning, good management, and good will. A number of parallel steps toward a common target are suggested. The three principal areas requiring work are syllabus design, student-centered learning material, and staff development. It must be stressed that the key technology concepts cannot be tacked on to a traditional subject. Rather, it is a radical new approach that should engender changes of attitude in employers, providers, and students. However, the approach should improve the competitiveness of British industry well into the 21st century. (Recommendations for implementation of key technology concepts are made, and guidelines are provided for curriculum and planning. Examples of key technology education in specific courses are shown.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)