ISSUES AFFECTING THE SLOW GROWTH OF DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SUBJECTS AT QLD SCHOOLS
WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED AND SOLUTIONS PRESENTED TO PREVENT ANY OF THESE ISSUES OCCURING WHEN THE NEW DESIGN TECHNOLOGY NATIONAL CURRICULUM ARRIVES SHORTLY? LOOK TO THE PAST TO LEARN LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill
TEACHER NUMBERS IN DESIGN AND TECH:
LACK OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATION:
AGING TEACHER POPULATION: - WHITE, MALE > AVERAGE AGE 50 +
WHATS IN A NAME? - MAN ARTS AND DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY HAVE LITTLE COMMON GROUND - MAN ARTS 'MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO' - MORE CONNECTION TO VET - TECH ED - DESIGN BASED LEARNING - JOURNEY NOT OUTCOME
WHY WAS THE NEW DIRECTION OF THE OF THE SUBJECT AREA NOT EXPLAINED TO TEACHERS?
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) - SAME TEACHER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS - LOWER WORK LOAD (MARKING, PD) - GREATER FUNDING BASED ON TRADE SHORTAGES (TRADE TRAINING CENTRES - $1M +)
UNIVERSITY TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS: - NO TRUE 'DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY' TEACHER TRAINING COURSE: GRIFFITH CLOSED PROGRAM IN 2011 (13 GRADUATES IN TOTAL) - BACHELOR DEGREE: D&T CAN NOW BE TAKEN AS A MINOR WITH OTHER TEACHING AREAS - NO LONGER LINKS GRAPHICS AND D&T AS A MAJOR / MINOR TEACHER AREA. BAD?
CRCUIAL: RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTED THE POSITIVE DIRECTION THAT YOUG GRADUATES WERE BRINGING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF D&T - ISSUES HAVE NOW ARISEN POST RESEARCH WITH COSER OF PROGRAM - NEW DIRECTION NEEDED?
IS IT UNREALISTIC TO TRY AND ATTRACT TEACHERS FOR THE PAY AND CONDITIONS IN THIS ERA OF HIGH PAYING TRADE AND DESIGN JOBS? (MINES ETC)
WAS THE GRIFFITH COURSE PROMOTED HEAVILY ENOUGH? - NAME: MAN ARTS OR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - CONFUSION WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (PRAC EXPERIENCES) - EXPENSIVE COURSE TO RUN $$$$$ UNIVERSITY IS A BUSINESS AFTER ALL - TRADE ENTRY (SHORTING OF COURSE / STREAMING ETC) - RETRAINING OF EXISTING TEACHERS? 6 WEEK HOLIDAY COURSE DUMPED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST (PROMOTION?)
TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATION: - NO TIME TO CONTRIBUTE / AGING TEACHER POPULATION / REGRESSION OF TEACHER INTEREST (AGE, RETIREMENT) - NO DESIRE TO BE INVOLVED: PERSONAL AND SCHOOL BELIEFS ABOUT THE SUBJECT DIRECTION - PERSONNAL INVOLVED: ELECTED OR SELF APPOINTED? - RELATIONSHIPS TO YOUNGER STAFF MEMBERS?
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS AND ADMIN:
PD PROGRAMS IN NEW PROTOTYPING TECHNOLOGIES: - OLDER STAFF RELUCTANT TO ENGAGE WITH TECHNOLOGIES THEY DONT UNDERSTAND - AGING STAFF - WHY RETRAIN IS CAREER TIME IS DRAWING TO CLOSE?
FINANCES: - MONEY FOR EXISTING AND NEW PROGRAMS IS LIMITED (TIME AWAY / $$ FOR PD /REPLACEMENT TEACHER COST)
CRUCIAL - LITERATURE SHOWS A LACK OF PD FOR THE 2006 TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS: WILL THIS BE THE SAME THIS TIME AROUND? RESEARCH SHOWS THIS IS CRUCIAL TO ENGAGE STAFF WITH THE DESIRED LEARNINGS AND OUTCOMES!