Technology teacher education in Australia
School of Education / Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research
The introduction of technical/vocational education in Australia was inevitable for the young colony as it developed during the 1800s. A problem of these early times was the large number of deprived and neglected children roaming the streets (Dickey 1968). The sight of these children running rampant in the back streets of Sydney was of great concern to the middle-class sector of the community, who saw this as a blemish on the society of the time, and pressure was brought to bear on the government of the time to remedy the situation. However, it was not until the 1970s that some technical subjects became compulsory in schools and the range of technical subjects offered was broadened. In the 1980s, technology became accepted as one of eight curriculum learning areas in all Australian schools...