Bringing skills and general competences back into technological education

Andersson, Gunnar, Sahama, Tony R., Willett, Graham, & Hauge, Bjørn Gitle (2013) Bringing skills and general competences back into technological education. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Crete Island, Greece, pp. 221-226.

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In this paper we show that industry-based student training is not limited to work experience; work integrated learning, internship or extended vacation work. It is also about bringing back the lost parts of technological education. We experience the unilateral focus on theoretical knowledge at the expense of skills and general competences as one important challenge in technological education. The lacking facilitation and training of practical skills and general competences in the curricula and programs are identified, but many institutions have failed to address the problem. Today’s curricula in many ways reduce technology to abstract concepts, calculations and models, and create a gap between the academic programs and the practical applications in the society. We explore two (Australia and Norway) initiatives on industry-based student training and discuss how these initiatives address and bridge the gap. We argue that these initiatives of industry-based student training contribute to bringing skills and general competences back into technological education, and that the effects are not limited to increased employability, but also include increased academic performance.

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ID Code: 61400
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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The International journal "Industry and Higher Education" will dedicate a special issue to the Conference from selected papers as in the previous venues.

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Keywords: Industry-based student training, Work integrated learning, Employability, Student performance, Skills and Competences, CEED, BTPIB
ISBN: 9789609988964
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2014 15:12

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