I am an extremely unhandy man(my schooling was over before the days of Slojd
); but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy, circuitous way or other, and this time I took care of the strength.
Crafts (slojd [pronounced sloyd]) and DTE (Design and Technology Education or teknik) are two mandatory subjects in Swedish compulsory school.
Slojd has a rich tradition in the Swedish school system, whereas teknik has a less established tradition despite being introduced in the early 1980s and made mandatory for every child.
The overarching and grade level aims (goals) for Crafts (slojd) are listed in Table 1 (Skolverket: The Swedish National Agency for Education, 2018).
At the end of year six, students in the slojd curriculum are expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: "Pupils in a developed and relatively systematic way can give form to and produce simple craft artefacts using different materials based on instructions.
Unlike slojd, in the core content there is no mention of items like hand tools or how to safely use them.
Since slojd and teknik are mandatory, skills that are practiced in one area might carry over to other areas (e.g., how to safely use a saw in slojd may come in handy when designing a physical model in teknik).
Sometimes tools and machines are needed more frequently, especially when working with strength and construction lessons in both the teknik and slojd curricula.
The institute at Naas had already gained international recognition for its pedagogical innovation in woodwork education, the so-called slojd
. However, in the mid-1890s the institute furthered its reputation when it used ideological concepts specific to the play movement to underpin courses on 'play'.