Investigating the introduction of the new FET technology curriculum : a study of three schools in Pietermaritzburg.
When the National Department of Education implemented the changed FET subjects in schools in 2006 Technology was introduced as one of the new subjects. The purpose of this study aims to explore the attitudes and perceptions of school management toward the introduction of Technology in the new FET school curriculum using the following objectives. What are the implications of the way the National Curriculum Statement has structured Technology in the FET schools curriculum? How Technology is perceived as a FET General School subject and what challenges are facing these schools in adopting Technology into their curriculum? A qualitative research approach was used whereby non purposive sampling was employed and the data was collected by means of interviews. Selected management personnel from three schools in the Pietermaritzburg area were interviewed. Findings from this study highlighted the problems that schools experienced with the implementation and maintenance of a skills based subject like Technology. These were mainly human, infrastructure and financial resource problems that manifest themselves when introducing a new subject into the curriculum. Thematic analysis was employed with conclusions being drawn from the findings. Recommendations for further study are in response to the aspects revealed through the study.
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