MARTIN, M., 2008. Competence in question: the relevance of the Design and Technology Association minimum competences to initial teacher education. IN: Norman, E.W.L. and Spendlove, D. (eds.). The Design and Technology Association International Research Conference, [Loughborough University, 2-4 July]. Wellesbourne : The Design and Technology Association, pp. 23-29.
The development of subject knowledge by student teachers
has been a key part of initial teacher education courses for
design and technology. Since 1995 there have been subject
specific competences which students have been expected to
address. With a changing curriculum in secondary schools it
was felt timely to reflect on their relevance. This paper explores
the background to the competences, undertakes a brief critical
review of their content and reviews employer requirements in
relation to fields of knowledge. The paper concludes by
highlighting a number of issues to be addressed and possible
consequences of dropping the design and technology
association competences as a guiding document and the need
for future research.