Teaching values through technology education: a discussion of the challenges facing the teacher as professional gatekeeper

Edwards-Leis, Christine, and Keirl, Steve (2007) Teaching values through technology education: a discussion of the challenges facing the teacher as professional gatekeeper. In: Proceedings of the 4th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research. pp. 77-83. From: International Conference on Technology Education Research: Values in Technology Education, 7-9 Dec 2006, Gold Coast.

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This paper explores the values contradictions and tensions that exist for Technology teachers positioned at the centre of competing curriculum values interests. It draws on the middle years of Technology curriculum in Queensland (the discussion would not be atypical elsewhere in Australia), as well as the National Framework For Values Education in Australian Schools. The metaphor of teacher as professional gatekeeper is used to illustrate the positioning of teachers amongst the not altogether consistent values interests expressed implicitly and explicitly by governments, managers, the profession, parents and students. We discuss matters of pedagogy, assessment and the kinds of values and practices that contribute to both the intended and the hidden curriculum. We argue that the challenge to the conscientious teacher, of articulating and arbitrating a vast spectrum of values, is significant if such problems as tokenism, reductionism and bias are to be avoided. Ultimately, teachers' personal and collective professional judgement is of great importance.

Item ID: 3063
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-921291-10-4
Keywords: technology education; middle years; pedagogy; values education; assessment
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 04:46
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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