ERIC Number: ED451562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
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The Future: Optimism or Ossification.
Bottrell, Christine; Ling, Lorraine
This paper addresses the issues raised in a recent review of postcompulsory education and training in Victoria. In the interim report (April 2000) it is stated that employers found that the skills of new graduates appear to be most deficient in the areas of creativity, flair, problem solving, oral business communication, and interpersonal skills. It is upon the first three of these perceived deficiencies that this paper focuses. In a research study conducted in southern New South Wales primary schools (Bottrell 1997-1999) where 85 teachers were surveyed, it was found that the subjects of creative arts and science are being allocated significantly less time in the curriculum of primary schools than other so-called basic subjects. With the government policy driven emphasis on literacy and numeracy, competency based approaches to curriculum, standardized testing programs and outcomes based curriculum, subjects which are likely to promote flair, creativity and problem solving often slip into the background. Competency based and outcomes based curriculum develops in learners an imperative to emit the desired response to achieve the stated outcome, thus encouraging homogeneity of response and convergent outcomes. Teachers faced with the need to prepare students for standardized statewide tests which result, despite assurances to the contrary, in league tables of successful educational institutions, are tempted to teach to the test and to narrowly defined competencies or outcomes. Thus, from both a teaching and a learning perspective, the likelihood of flair, creativity and problem solving being encouraged is severely diminished. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Competency Based Education, Creativity, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Standardized Tests, Testing Problems
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/bot00283.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia