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The teaching of electronics in schools and further education: a case study in curriculum change.

Hunter, Donald William (1985) The teaching of electronics in schools and further education: a case study in curriculum change. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This case study describes the development of Electronics within the curriculum in line with how both (Reid and Walker I975, Case Studies in Curriculum Change) and (Goodson I983, School Subjects and Curriculum Change) discussed changes in terms of theories of curriculum change. Alternative definitions of the term innovation are reviewed and for the purpose of this study a definition is adopted which includes syllabus change and major changes of scale and strategy. The study gives an outline of the major theories of innovation and implementation strategy. Features of centralisation and rationalisation are described insofar as these features led to current educational initiatives. An account Is given of how Electronics developed as a topic within ‘A’ level Physics, a subject within B.E.T.E.C. (previously O.N.C/T.E.C.) and as a separate G.C.E. subject. Data on examination entries In G.C.E. and C.S.E. Electronics are presented. These data are related to the- size of L.E.A.s, the type of centre, and also to explore the viability of G.C.E./G.C.S.E. provision in Electronics. Initiatives such as M.E.P., T.V.E.I., C.P.V.E., S.S.C.R. are described as they are expected to have a significant impact on the growth of Electronics. The position of Electronics within the curriculum and its educational value are discussed. Comment is made on the Systems and Components approaches to Electronics and on the importance of project work. Teacher difficulties with project work are noted and suggestions are made on the use and range of equipment available so that a suitable teaching style may be -developed.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1985
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 May 2013 15:46

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