Technologies in Scotland’s curriculum for excellence: Time for change

Susan McLaren

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Abstract

This paper provides a summary of the journey to Scotlandʼs Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) which was introduced in 2010. The implementation of CfE has generated debate and consternation within Design and Technology departments and schools generally. However, the Scottish Government asserts trust in the professional skills of teachers to bring the CfE ʻprinciples and practiceʼ and the
ʻexperiences and outcomesʼ alive and make them relevant for young people.
The recent publication of Donaldsonʼs review of teacher education, Teaching Scotlandʼs Future, (Scottish Government, Jan 2011a), reaffirms the need for teaching to be seen as a highly skilled profession. The review recognises the complex and challenging demands it presents. Donaldson considers initial teacher education provision, probationary/induction experience and continuing
professional development in the context of A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century (Scottish Executive, 2001) and CfE (Scottish Executive, 2004,a,b ).
Using a brief outline of a recently accredited degree programme, B.Ed Design and Technology (2010), and the aspirations and views of student teachers, this paper argues the importance of providing quality intellectual space, research, and reflection time to complement school experience placements
in order to develop pedagogical content knowledge (Shulman,1987). The paper concludes by discussing the claim that transformational change is needed.
It concludes that the consequences of the removal of initiatives that allow the space and time to develop the 21st century skills and capabilities for beginning Design and Technology professionals who could contribute to that transformational change have not yet been fully considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages285-293
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Design and Technology Education
  • transformational change
  • curriculum for excellence
  • Scottish education
  • Technologies
  • Teacher education

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