ERIC Number: EJ813295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
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Technical Education in Scotland: Fit for Purpose?
Canavan, Brian; Doherty, Robert
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v17 n3 p291-304 Sep 2007
As Technical education strains to find a niche in the educational market place, are teachers suffering from a crisis of confidence? How comfortable are they with the ever-changing curriculum, with the subjects they are teaching and the reasons why they are teaching them? The broadening of the Technical curriculum in secondary schools to include Practical Craft Skills has proved popular with some teachers, while others perceive a drift back to a purely skills based curriculum along with a further deterioration of the status of Technical departments. This paper explores the present state of Technical Education in Scotland through the analysis of an online survey of 95 practising teachers and an investigation of employers' entrance requirements for apprenticeships in the engineering and construction industries. The results indicate a degree of conflict among staff regarding the role of Technical education, coupled with limited recognition for Technical subjects among employers.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technical Education, Marketing, Secondary School Teachers, Industrial Arts Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Curriculum Development, Apprenticeships, Employer Attitudes, Education Work Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)