CETIS - Centre for School Technology Education
The Centre for School Technology Education, CETIS, at Linköping University started in 1993. In 1996, the government made CETIS a national centre.
The main aim of the centre is, in collaboration with teachers, teacher-trainers, representatives for industry etc, to develop technology education in schools. The ultimate aim is to provide all pupils with a good, general, technological education.
Our vision is a body of knowledge which combines theory and practice and which integrates the humanities, and the social and natural sciences.
In the curriculum for the compulsory school, technology is a core subject from year one to year nine (age groups 6-16). There are at least three good reasons for this:
- As a citizen in a living democracy we must try to understand and evaluate technology and technical systems. Many of today's important social issues concern technological choices.
- By allowing the pupils themselves to play with, try out and develop different technical solutions they will become familiar with the technology which surrounds them in everyday life.
- Our society is to a great degree dependent on our training scientists and technologists in more and more areas of work, who are discerning and aware of important issues.
The syllabus covers technology education from year one to year nine.
Practical and investigative work is important, but the syllabus also emphasises that the scientific and social perspective must be present in teaching.
You will find an English version of the technology curriculum here.