A future curriculum mandate for further education and training colleges: recognising intermediate knowledge and skill

SOURCE: Shifting understandings of skills in South Africa: overcoming the historical imprint of a low skills regime
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Gamble
SOURCE EDITOR(S): S.McGrath, A.Badroodien, A.Kraak, L.Unwin
KEYWORDS: FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING (FET), FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING COLLEGES, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2544

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the nature of intermediate knowledge and skill. It is particularly concerned with issues of curriculum in Further education and training (FET) colleges, given that colleges are currently being required to move away from what they have traditionally done and take on a much broader curriculum mandate. The concluding section argues for a FET curriculum of the future that recognises intermediate skill in its own right, albeit in a shape and form that bears little relation to trade apprenticeships, traditionally the backbone of skill creation at the intermediate level.