Teacher education for technological literacy: a Scottish perspective

Susan V. McLaren
1996, Vol. 1, No. 2,


Two cohorts have completed the first two years of a new four-year degree course, B.Ed Design and Technology, at the University of Strathclyde. As the third cohort progresses, we consider progress to date and ask the question: does the course educate for technological literacy and provide our students with the capability to educate for technological literacy with

  • perspective
  • sensitivity
  • creativity and
  • confidence?

(Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum, 1994, p.5, 6)

When Jordanhill College of Education merged with University of Strathclyde in 1993, there was a timely opportunity to create a new degree in accordance with the 'Guidelines for Initial Teacher Training' issued by the Scottish Office Education Department (1993). National development and deliberations, together with feedback from schools and students, made it clear that certain changes were necessary in order to meet the needs of teachers who would be preparing our young people for the next millennium. This resulted in the B.Ed (Hons) Design and Technology.

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