Leonardo da Vinci

Continuing Technology Education as Work Based Learning Through New Methods and ICT


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Technology is a process of design-make and application that starts with the human needs. In this process, while a consumable product is obtained through utilizing scientific knowledge, material and energy as an input; technology constitutes a feature that not only affects the society but also is being affected by the social norms and values. In the formal education process, one of the main tools of getting harmonized with the cultural environment in a technological sense is technology education . What is important in this education is to extend a bridge between present and future through putting the emphasis on current applications of technology. The objective of the industrial technology education program is to engage learners in activities related to contemporary industrial practices, procedures and processes.

This project aims to motivate students of technology education (woodwork, metalwork, automotive, energy, information technology, electrics-electronics) to participate in international activities and gain valuable work experience in big companies and training institutes in their field. The main goals of the project are to encourage students in life-long improvement of their vocational and language skills, to learn new vocational skills in an international environment including ICT supported learning. The students will learn to work in international environment and to adopt principles of sustainable development. For being a country planning to be part of the European Union our students would really need any international experience they can get. The proposed international practical training would give them this experience in the main field of their university training and in the competitive, enterprise sect or.

Total of 30 students from the Industrial Arts Education Faculty and Technical Education Faculty will go on a 15 week work and training placements to Germany and Spain. The placements will take place in the Summer 2005. The placements will start on the 20 th June 2005 and end on the 2 nd October 2005 . 15 weeks of placements has been divided into three sections. In the first sections students will receive 2 weeks of German or Spanish language course (In Germany or Spain). During the language course students will also receive cultural preparation. Subsequently 13 weeks of work placement will take place in the companies that the partner institutes and organizations will arrange. Apart from the industrial internship, in the last three weeks, training at the training institutes (vocational schools or vocational high schools) for improving the teaching skills and ICT skills. will be performed. There will be one German receiving partner (University of Duisburg Essen Faculty of Engineering) and one Spanish partner (STEP Training). Accordingly 15 students will go to Duisburg , 15 students will go to Sevilla.

Life long learning is a key point in vocational training strategies of the EU commission. Cooperation between the partners will contribute continuous transnational co-operation among the universities and training organizations and would provide work-linked training at all levels. As well as those, we would increase our possibilities for participation in new terms of co-operation. This cooperation would be beneficial to all participants; students would get very valuable international experience, specific professional skills and they would have a better idea of a real life working situation, the universities and vocational schools would be able to strengthen mutual co-operation and provide consortium for relevant pilot projects.