Article | PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012 | Investigating pupils’ perceptions of their experience of food technology in the English secondary curriculum

Title:
Investigating pupils’ perceptions of their experience of food technology in the English secondary curriculum
Author:
Suzanne Lawson: Birmingham City University, UK
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Year:
2012
Conference:
PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012
Issue:
073
Article no.:
032
Pages:
274-281
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-06-18
ISBN:
978-91-7519-849-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Investigating pupils’ perceptions of their experiences of learning is a powerful tool in helping to develop an understanding of teaching and learning. Little has been published about pupil’s attitudes and perceptions of food technology at secondary level in English schools. Coupled with policy changes to provide greater curriculum freedom schools can perhaps explore a less descriptive dictate than that provided by the National Curriculum.

This paper reports on the perceptions of 120 Key Stage 3 (aged 11-14) pupils in seven secondary schools in the West Midlands; England. It looks at perceptions and values relating to the teaching of food technology. The evidence suggests that pupils understand that food technology is more than just learning to cook. They enjoy practical participation and engagement; active lessons and autonomy.

Keywords: Pupils’ perceptions; food technology; secondary; England

PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Suzanne Lawson
Title:
Investigating pupils’ perceptions of their experience of food technology in the English secondary curriculum
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PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Suzanne Lawson
Title:
Investigating pupils’ perceptions of their experience of food technology in the English secondary curriculum
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