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Authors:Clare Benson: University of Central England, England
Di Wiggins: University of Central England, England
Rob Johnsey: University of Warwickm, England
Publication title:A survey of the effectiveness of in-service courses for teachers of primary school design and technology in England
Conference:PATT 1996. Proceedings from the conference "Pupils Attitude Towards Technology"
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:005
Article No.:002
Abstract:With the introduction in 1990, of the National Curriculum for design and technology in primary schools in England and Wales, the need for In-service training for practicing teachers became imperative. Initially Local Education Authorities were the main providers of twilight and day courses for teachers. It soon became apparent that a more structured approach to In-service work was required and Government funding became available for longer courses (up to 20 days) aimed primarily at co-ordinators of design and technology. These courses were to provide opportunities for teachers to develop background knowledge and understanding, practical capability, generic coordinating skills and strategies for whole school planning and classroom implementation. A small scale pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of these courses has been carried out at the University of Warwick and the University of Central England. The categories of enquiry focused on the perceptions of changes in the practice of the course participants, their colleagues and to the staff as a whole. Additional enquiry was made into changes affecting resources and the scope and range of support for design and technology following the course. An initial trial, using both questionnaire and interview techniques, was used to clarify the key aspects of the investigation and modes of enquiry. The pilot was then initiated using four cohorts of teachers who had attended the courses in 1993-94.

Analysis of the data has made possible comparison of the effects of course length and structure on the perceptions of changes to design and technology practice in the schools which were surveyed. The paper will explore the emerging patterns in these changes and suggest ways in which the findings may influence the planning and delivery of future courses and the nature of In-service provision for design and technology.

Language:English
Year:1996
No. of pages:11
Pages:25
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/005/02/00502b.pdf
Available:2001-01-19
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Clare Benson, Di Wiggins, Rob Johnsey (1996). A survey of the effectiveness of in-service courses for teachers of primary school design and technology in England, PATT 1996. Proceedings from the conference "Pupils Attitude Towards Technology" http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=005;article=02 (accessed 7/25/2014)