ERIC Number: ED332046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
What Research Should Be Done in Technology Education To Advance the Profession in Areas of Philosophy and Curriculum?
Harden, Thomas K.
New and continued research is needed to advance technology education in the areas of philosophy and curriculum. The literature indicates differing philosophical camps as one of the most frequently cited conflicts in technology education. A challenge in the move to technology is the need to define technology education in a consistent, concise manner. Although the Jackson's Mill Industrial Arts Curriculum Theory document is being effectively disseminated, the past practice of discovering industry practices and developing and teaching a curriculum to emulate these practices continues. Research needs include improved research methods, focus on topics of significance to the field, a common direction or set of recognized priorities, and a cumulative research base. The research focus on the practice of teaching rather than on technology and industry may be the source of the primary problem. Topics for future research include resolution of differences of opinion regarding major goals of technology education; bridging of the gap between goals of leaders in technology education and of practitioners; measurement of technological literacy; the value of technology education; provision of adequate teacher inservice; motivation of teachers to implement technology education; effect of the status of the global economy on technology education; cooperation among researchers; and identification of research agendas. (10 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technology Education
Note: Paper presented at the Mississippi Valley Industrial Teacher Education Conference (76th, Chicago, IL, October 1989).