A survey of the use of non-contact days for design and technology training

Louise Davies
1997, Vol. 2, No. 3,

Abstract


This article describes research based on data collected from secondary design and technology teachers and explores:

  • the effectiveness of the systems used in their schools for planning and monitoring non-contact days and the implications for management strategy of staff development
  • how non-contact days or 'pupil-free' days are used and how the use of non-contact days has been decided
  • design and technology teachers' perceptions on the adequacy of subject in-service training (INSET) and balance of time allocated between whole school and departmental issues on non-contact days
  • teachers'/middle managers' confidence in planning and leading subject specific design and technology INSET for themselves and for their teams, and resources which might be produced to support them.

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