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|Authors:||Paul Snape: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Publication title:||Twenty-first century learning in the senior secondary school: a New Zealand teacher’s innovation|
|Conference:||PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012|
|Publication type:||Abstract and Fulltext|
|Abstract:||The twenty-first century Knowledge Age is seen as a tipping point; equivalent in effect to the Age of Discovery; The Renaissance; the Industrial Revolution and the internal combustion engine. Educational goals for this century are identified more as the development of learning dispositions; competencies and life-long learning than the enduring contentdriven and assessment-based approach of an Industrial Age paradigm. Bolstad and Gilbert (2008) state continuation of this age-old strategy will not best serve or prepare students for living in the twenty-first century. In particular they see senior secondary school education as geared too much toward screening; sorting and disciplining students for university study.|
The situation in the senior secondary school has changed significantly in the last few decades from its traditional position where specialist teachers adopt a content-centred approach in order to develop mini mes that continue their legacies. What are these changes? Bolstad and Gilbert (2008) identify a number of factors including: increased retention rates; expansion of the tertiary sector; changes to qualifications and assessment systems; emphasis on student ’pathways’ and transitions from school; and the Knowledge Society and twenty-first century learning.
Passionate and professionally aware educators have begun to acknowledge the changes required and are investigating creative solutions to ensure their students are well-grounded in relevant and meaningful learning pursuits. I have identified a local teacher (John) who has this year gained school administration approval to promote an innovative course for senior students in the field of Technology. I have chosen this innovation as the theme for my doctoral study and introduce the initiative and my approach in this paper.
|Keywords:||Key competencies; learning dispositions; technology education; twenty-first century learning; values|
|No. of pages:||10|
|Series:||Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings|
|Publisher:||Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet|
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