Technology education as ground for vocational education & training: The historical development of a compulsory subject as case study
2015 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper attempts to illustrate how technology education is conceived to be a ground for vocational education and training. The historical development of technology education within the Cuban educational system is used as case study. An attempt at summarizing the complex process of establishment and further development of the subject in Cuba is indeed vulnerable due to the remarkable variety of intervening factors. This development is, from my perspective, a socio-economical and culturally conditioned phenomenon. In line with the theoretical approach developed by Goodson (1988) in relation to curriculum development, the establishment and further lines of the development followed by technology education in Cuba was, and still is, conditioned by socio-economic climates of opinions (ideas and interests) ruling the society in different historical stages.
The new socio-economic development of the country is one of the major challenges for the development of technology education as schools subjects. Criticism has been considerable in relation to how the grounds of polytechnic education have been enacted in the subject´s latest development. Still there is a consensus that in order to secure employability and to face the challenges of increasing service and industrial sectors a serious reconsideration of the traditional approach of the relationship technology education and vocational education & training is highly needed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vocational education and training, technology education, history of education
Research subject Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123618DiVA: diva2:875139
International Conference & Research Workshop Vocational IV International Research Conference Education and Training – Emerging Issues? Voices from Research, Stockholm, May 11-12, 2015