Technical education in Scotland – fit for purpose?

Canavan, B. and Doherty, R. (2007) Technical education in Scotland – fit for purpose? International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 17(3), pp. 291-304. (doi: 10.1007/s10798-007-9031-7)

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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 everchanging 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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doherty, Dr Robert and Canavan, Dr Brian
Authors: Canavan, B., and Doherty, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:International Journal of Technology and Design Education
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN (Online):1573-1804
Published Online:19 April 2007

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