Why fail? Experience of technology education in Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu, Yi Lin Wong, Wei Wei Feng

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Technology education in secondary schools is a subject that aims to develop students' problem-solving and higher order thinking skills. Yet despite its significant educational values, it is not deemed necessary to attain a high degree of success in the education system, and the decline of technology education in Hong Kong has explicated the issue. Even though technology education in Hong Kong is no longer a skill-based subject, it seems that some policymakers and school administrators do not treasure the values of technology education. In this paper, the reasons for the failure of technology education in Hong Kong are suggested. Possible recommendations and suggestions are provided in redeveloping technology education. The experience of technology education in Hong Kong is an integral part of the entire curriculum development process, and its future largely depends on how educators and researchers interfere with the education system. The article aims to explicate the case of Hong Kong, and serves as a platform to share local experiences with other researchers from around the world who encounter similar problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Education

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