Pupil attitudes to National Curriculum technology

David John, Gerran Thomas
1997, Vol. 2, No. 2,


The Education Reform Act 1988 (HMSO, 1988) introduced for the first time a compulsory National Curriculum into schools in England and Wales. Technology was one subject in this compulsory curriculum; its inclusion was controversial and (for some) unpopular, generating a debate about the subject's nature and educational value. This study reflects upon that debate by:

  • reviewing the opinions of educationalists on National Curriculum technology
  • reviewing surveys of pupil attitudes to previous school technology courses
  • investigating pupil attitudes to the 'new' subject of National Curriculum technology, and
  • discussing whether the general aims set out by the subject's creators have been achieved.

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