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Pages: 3350-3355
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain

A STEP TOWARDS AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION MODEL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS

D. Bessinger, J. Mammen

Walter Sisulu University (SOUTH AFRICA)
The aim of this study is to develop a more effective and efficient model than currently available for technology education in general, and mechanical technology in particular, in South Africa (SA). This can be achieved through an investigation of past and current practices in the above areas in secondary schools in SA, which will be selected for this study. The strengths and weaknesses of technical and technology education will be traced through history to present, and the strengths and weaknesses will be investigated and attempts will be made to address them through innovative solutions. A new model will be developed on the basis of research data, and results will aim to inform policymakers and role players in the secondary education system in SA on the way forward. This study will utilise the process of triangulation through the involvement of learners, educators, principals, School Governing Bodies (SGB), and relevant Department of Education (DoE) officers. Triangulation is a powerful tool that can be used to demonstrate past and current program impact; identify areas for improvement; direct new programs; enhance existing programs and help to direct policy changes. The sample selection will cover the demographics of the are. Roleplayers will include members of the communities of central East London, Mdantsane, Duncan Village, and Parkside. The data will be acquired using a qualitative interviewing and quantitative questionnaire approach with key role players, and will be analysed using N-Vivo and SPSS software. The study will outline possibilities of the way forward for the subject, mechanical technology in secondary schools of SA, for it to function effectively and be more efficient. The solution sought aims to ultimately address the shortage of technically skilled people that the economy of SA desperately needs. The above is essential for the country to sustain its planned economic growth, so desperately needed by all its citizens. Utmost care will be taken to meet ethical requirements, including obtaining informed consent from research informants included in the sample.
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author = {Bessinger, D. and Mammen, J.},
title = {A STEP TOWARDS AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION MODEL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS},
series = {2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN10 Proceedings},
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location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {5-7 July, 2010},
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D. Bessinger, J. Mammen (2010) A STEP TOWARDS AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION MODEL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS, EDULEARN10 Proceedings, pp. 3350-3355.
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