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ERIC Number: ED334466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Education in Elementary Schools. Practice Application Brief.
Kerka, Sandra
Technology education (TE) is a general education program intended to teach students about technological concepts, processes, materials, and systems as well as the impact of technology in society. Its goal is to develop technologically literate people. Technology education can be taught as a separate course or curriculum, or it can be infused in other subjects. Children are exposed to technology in many forms. TE experiences are motivating and interesting to young children and they provide opportunities for language development. The main goal of elementary TE is technological awareness, reinforcement, and enrichment of concepts (thinking skills). A cooperative implementation effort between elementary and technology teachers is recommended. Ohio, West Virginia, Idaho, Virginia, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have developed innovative elementary TE programs. TE programs should consider the following: (1) inservice TE teacher training; (2) parent or community provision for equipment and supplies; (3) instruction in the use, care, and safe operation of equipment; and (4) examination of available sources such as NASA Teacher Resource Centers, the Technology Education for Children Council, and textbooks. (12 references) (NLA)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers: Technology Education