Development and Implementation of a Model for Technology Education in South Africa - The ORT-STEP Experience

  • Eli Eisenberg
Conference paper


In May 1993 the ORT-STEP Institute opened its door and officially stepped into South Africa to implement and advance technology education. ORT-STEP’s philosophy of providing a meaningful education that will ultimately lead to employment and independence, is achieved through a balanced approach to technology education and a strong emphasis on the crucial role of teachers. ORT-STEP views teachers as the core factor in any educational system, they are the agents through which change can be achieved. The ORT-STEP Institute has three main areas of activity:
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    The Teacher Education Program that trains and retrains teachers in Technology Education.

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    The ORT-TECHNOLOGY college, which is used as a live laboratory - a real live testing field - for teachers to build experience and confidence.

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    The Resource Centre which continually develops Technology oriented courseware, hardware, and software and actively helps teachers implement technology education in their own schools, through a three dimensional support system.

ORT-STEP incorporates the theory, implementation and evaluation of technology education in a holistic approach that is fast proving to be a lighthouse to technology educationalists in South Africa. The talk will elaborate on how ORT- STEP has met the challenges and overcome the difficulties and problems that stood in the way to success and on how ORT-STEP will make a significant impact on the majority of the South African population.


ORT-STEP Institute teaching methods learning methods teacher training technology education 


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  1. 1.
    The ORT-STEP Institute: International Survey on Technology Education. A survey report. ORT-STEP Institute, Halfway House 1994Google Scholar
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    Dyrenfurth, M. J.: The Impact of Technology Education on Economic Growth in South Africa. Paper presented at PROTEC, Johannesburg 1994Google Scholar
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    Eisenberg, E.: Technology Education and its Relationship to Science and Mathematics Education. Paper presented at the SAARMSE Conference, Durban 1994Google Scholar
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    Bowyer, J.: Scientific and Technological Literacy: Education for Change. UNESCO, Paris 1990Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli Eisenberg
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  1. 1.ORT-STEP Institute Department of Technology EducationEskom Conference CentreHalfway HouseSouth Africa

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