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Learning Good Electronics or Coping With Challenging Tasks: The Priorities of Excellent Students

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Moshe Barak

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL
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A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education in Science and Technology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

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Abstract

In today’s competitive society, the secondary school serves as a crucial stage in acquiring a higher education, a profession, and the social and economic status that these provide. Technology education in high school is the last stage prior to seeking employment and embarking upon a career or seeking further education. Unfortunately, it is an elective program in most countries. Thus, students who do not opt for technology studies in high school miss an essential part of the program. Not studying technology in high school creates a three-year severance—from the completion of technology studies in junior high school until graduation from high school and beginning the process of acquiring a higher education and a profession. Since technology has never been a basic part of education in the eyes of students and their parents, there is a considerable gap between the prestigious image of technology and the actual status of technology education as an elective subject in high school.

How to Cite: Barak, M. (2002). Learning Good Electronics or Coping With Challenging Tasks: The Priorities of Excellent Students. Journal of Technology Education, 14(1), 20–34. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v14i1.a.2
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Published on 22 Sep 2002.
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