Paradigm for Junior Secondary Design and Technology in Hong Kong

Chi Kwan Hon
2004, Vol. 9, No. 1,


After the publication and issue of Information Technology for Learning in a New Era and education reform policy by the Hong Kong Government, the terms “paradigm” and “paradigm shift” can be heard everywhere in the Hong Kong education field. The terms have become increasingly popular, although most teachers do not understand their actual meaning. Technology education has become a highly popular topic here, as in most countries, however, few in Hong Kong seem to be willing to pay attention to an essential element of technology education: design and technology, a compulsory and comparatively expensive subject in Hong Kong junior secondary schools. By studying the historical development of the subject, definition and meaning of paradigm and how paradigm shift occurs, this paper tries to establish a paradigm for the subject in junior secondary education in Hong Kong.

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