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Teachers' understanding and implementation of the design process as it relates to teaching Technology Education in the intermediate and senior phases (Grades 4-9) in the General Education and Training Band in KwaZulu-Natal

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dc.contributor.advisor Singh, Penny
dc.contributor.author De Jager, Maria Louisa Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-03T09:33:03Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-11T12:32:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-03
dc.identifier.other 423278
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/755
dc.description Submitted in fulfillment of the requirement of the Degree of Magister of Technology: Language Practice, Durban University of Technology, 2012. en_US
dc.description.abstract Outcomes-based education compelled South African teachers to make an important paradigm shift in education from a teacher-centred approach to a learner-centred approach. This paradigm shift in teaching and learning emphasised an active participation of learners which necessitated Technology Education (TE) teachers to restructure their teaching strategies in terms of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS). Conducted within a constructivist paradigm, this study was based on Shulman‟s (1986, 2004) theory of pedagogical and content knowledge, and Vygotsky‟s (1978) zone of proximal development within social constructivism. Using a mixed method approach, this study investigated teachers‟ understanding and implementation of the design process as it relates to teaching TE in the intermediate and senior phases (Grades 4–9) of the General Education and Training Band in KwaZulu-Natal. The study also considered the training of TE teachers in a bid to facilitate teaching and learning in the classroom and to enable learners to become creative and critical problem solvers. Analysis of the questionnaire and semi-structured responses revealed that teachers were interpreting and implementing policy differently and that they were not adequately trained to teach TE. As a result, classroom practice in terms of teaching and learners‟ experience of the design process in TE also differed. Valuable lessons were learned in this study for the structuring of training programmes for teachers in Technology Education to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. Therefore, based on the findings, this study makes recommendations regarding teaching, learning, assessment, and training of teachers in TE. en_US
dc.format.extent 211 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Technology--Study and teaching--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Curriculum change--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Competency-based education--South Africa en_US
dc.title Teachers' understanding and implementation of the design process as it relates to teaching Technology Education in the intermediate and senior phases (Grades 4-9) in the General Education and Training Band in KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002252


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