An investigation into the design process of the engineering graphics and design syllabus in the bachelor of education degree in the universities of technology in South Africa.
In the years before 2004 teacher training was presented through two routes, one, the degree route through the university or two, a diploma route through a teachers training college. Where universities acted as autonomous institutions having control of their administrative and academic activities the colleges of education were administered and controlled by the government through the Department of Education. This included the setting and assessment of the curriculum. The role of the lecturers in the teacher training colleges was simply to present the prescribed syllabus to the students. Drastic changes were implemented by the government in 2004. In its restructuring programme the government made two major changes to teacher training. Firstly, they closed all the colleges of education and moved the departments into a university or a technikon. The technikons eventually became Universities of Technology. Secondly, they changed the four year teacher‟s diploma to a four year degree in education. The impact of this restructuring meant that lecturers were now in an autonomous environment in which they were expected to develop a syllabus for the Bachelor of Education degree course on their own. This research investigates the process that the lecturers applied in designing a suitable syllabus for the Bachelor of Education (Engineering Graphics and Design) degree and how it relates to the process that the theory advocates should be used.
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