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ERIC Number: ED414506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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A Comparison of Technology Education Programs in Eight Asia-Pacific Countries.
Lee, Lung-Sheng
To improve technology education in Taiwan and promote understanding of international technology education, technology education programs in Australia, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Taiwan were compared. A four-stage comparative approach (description, interpretation, juxtaposition, comparison) was used. Four main aspects of technology education programs were compared: the macro context, educational context, status quo, and features. These conclusions were drawn: (1) technology education was commonly seen as a subordinate subject; (2) the earliest programs were started at the beginning of this century; (3) the evolution of technology education progressed from handicrafts to technology; (4) program content was related to industry-based knowledge and in some countries linked with agriculture- and/or business-based knowledge; (5) based on their goals and contents, programs could be categorized into four types: life fulfillment, industrial skill development, pre-vocational education, and design/problem solving; (6) countries faced these common problems in technology education implementation--lack of qualified teachers and adequate equipment, insufficient financial support and teaching hours, and out-of-date curricula; and (7) the major trend was an emphasis on a praxis-based body of knowledge. All eight countries had good potential to foster technology education provided there would be effective professional supervision. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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