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ERIC Number: EJ766060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Balancing Knowledge Construction and Skills Training in Universities of Technology
McKenna, Sioux; Sutherland, Lee
Perspectives in Education, v24 n3 p15-24 Sep 2006
This article considers the prevalence of what have been termed "training discourses" as dominant practices within a particular University of Technology, and discusses the implications of such discourses for teaching and learning. The rapid emergence of this training or skills discourse in Universities of Technology in South Africa, in preference to discourses that emphasise praxis (a combination of theory and practice) and, by implication, of social redress and transformation, is interrogated within the framework of the current emphasis on training for economic growth. While in some instances the training discourses could be considered empowering for students because of the inclusion of authentic, workplace practices, these discourses could also be considered constraining if they limit students' ability to solve problems critically and creatively. The ability to adapt to new and changing workplace environments, this article will argue, could be better developed by a more developmental discourse of "critiquing", "knowing" and "doing", rather than just "doing".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa