SCHIMMEL, J.H., 1997. Assessment of practical skills in the Technology Curriculum in the Netherlands. IDATER Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
In 1993 the first stage of secondary education in The Netherlands was restructured. All pupils of the age of 12 - 15 years old follow a national core curriculum, called Basic Education. Technology is a new subject in this curriculum.
The objectives of technology are divided into three domains:
Technology and society;
Technical products and systems;
Designing and making products.
The National Institute for Educational Measurement was commissioned for the assessment of the national curriculum. The assessment of the technology curriculum is undertaken by tests that cover a combination of two domains.
Practical skills are very important in the curriculum. Tools for the assessment of these skills are developed by pilot surveys in the schools. Results of these surveys lead to adaptation and improvement of the contents and the features of the tests. The paper will illustrate this process of adaptation and improvement with an example of a design test.