Can We Expect to Recruit Future Engineers among Students who have Never Repaired a Toy?
Mateja Ploj Virtič 1 * , Andrej Šorgo 2
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1 University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics2 University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute for iInformatics* Corresponding Author


Education has traditionally focused on the importance of content and cognitive goals and in this style also the curriculum design is made. While content knowledge is important to enter to the labour market today graduates need to develop also manual skills and technical literacy.

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We set indicators of the intention to become a future engineer. One indicator can be the usage of hands-on activities at home and school, as well as the opinions about engineering education formed at the lower secondary school level. A total of 578 lower secondary students from Slovenia responded a questionnaire.

From the usage frequencies of different tools and performance of procedures, a large gap between home and school technics can be recognized. The results of research showed that practical and hand-on activities are, to a large extent, lacking in lower secondary education in Slovenia.

The findings call for a redesign of curricula and a reform of teacher education towards more practically oriented and inspiring teaching.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 12, Issue 2, February 2016, 249-266

Publication date: 01 Jul 2016

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