Open Learning in the Suffolk TVEI Programme

Paul Hancock
1986, Vol. 18, No. 2,

Abstract


The Suffolk TVEI project commissioned a curriculum group which was charged with the task of developing an Integrated Technology course. Members included representatives from Education with over 25 years collective experience of Teaching Technology and Industry. The reality of integrating the many facets of Design and Technology soon began to emerge, and an Open Learning system was considered the ideal vehicle to effect this change. The following factors were felt should be taken into account:-

1. The need to move away from didactic learning approaches, especially in the secondary sector.

2. CDT embraces the philosophy of pupil centred, independent learning.

3. Secondary curriculum organisation based on areas of experience, and the disappearance of subjects as they are traditionally perceived within the next ten years. The development of Technology as a core ninth area of experience.4

. The radical change in attitude and approach required to succesfully implement GCSE.5. The nature of existing staff and their expertise, for example in D~gn and Technology as opposed to 'Craft' based subjects.

6. The shortage of skilled teachers in Design and Technology and other related areas.

7. The need to support and underpin Technology with sound Design practice.8. The use of Open Learning material as a form of 'hidden curriculum' In-Service training. Most authorities a

re not in a position to respond to the massive demand for INSET anticipated in subjects which are changing content radically.

9. The rapidly increasing use of Open Learning systems post sixteen.


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