A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Cautionary Words for Teachers about Linking with the Community

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New Zealand teachers are frequently being told to link with business and the community. Teachers are told that involving the community is a way of supporting and ensuring authentic learning. Yet linking with the community in education at times has been very controversial. This paper will document the emphasis placed on linking with the community whilst highlighting benefits and identifying possible areas of concern.


Keywords: Community, Education, Commercialism, Children, Advertising
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, A


Kerry Maree Lee

Senior Lecturer, School for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Kerry Lee is senior lecturer in Technology Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Kerry has a Bachelor of Science degree from Massey University. Her Masters in Education specialises in Technology education. Her thesis focussed on primary and tertiary institution links when teaching Technology education. Kerry has presented papers on technology education at numerous national and international conferences including the International Conference on Technology Education Research 2001 & 2006; Breakthroughs- The Ninth International conference on Thinking, 2001 and TENZ conferences 1997, 1999, 2001 & 2003. Kerry was invited to be the plenary speaker on Technology Education at the 8th five-year planning meeting for 10 South East Asian countries at SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia, 2003. She has been published in the International Journal of Technology and Design Education; the International Journal of Diversity and Organisations Communities and Nations; The Journal of Technology Studies and the International Journal of Teaching and Learning and High Education (in press).

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