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The Role of Experience in Learning: Giving Meaning and Authenticity to the Learning Process in Schools

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Ronald E. Hansen

University of Western Ontario, CA
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A Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Recent studies of technological education teachers in Germany, England, and Canada indicate that the socialization process these teachers undergo while adjusting to the profession is a difficult one (Hansen, 1998). Among other things, the adjustment is complicated by a preference for learning which is out of harmony with the teaching and learning strategies employed by teachers from other subject areas in the secondary school curriculum. The preconceptions and tendencies these technology teachers bring to the profession reveals a strong bias towards experience as a framework for learning. In Ontario, Canada, technology teachers are required to have a minimum of five years work experience in their technological specialization before qualifying for teacher education. Most of these teacher candidates entering the profession have ten to twelve years of such experience. They have already been socialized into a business and industry culture which preaches the virtues of experience over rote learning. Meanwhile the Ontario secondary schools in which these technology teachers work tend to devalue courses with experiential learning traditions.
How to Cite: Hansen, R. E. (2000). The Role of Experience in Learning: Giving Meaning and Authenticity to the Learning Process in Schools. Journal of Technology Education, 11(2), 23–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v11i2.a.2
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Published on 22 Mar 2000.
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