ERIC Number: ED336496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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What Should a Model Technology Education Program Look Like? How Have Successful Program Models in Secondary School Technology Education Been Implemented?
Allen, W. Clayton
The Texas technology education curriculum model was developed in a group effort spread over 20 years. The curriculum development team, which included representatives of the state education department, industrial arts teachers, and foundation representatives, set program standards, updated the curriculum by integrating a technological approach, developed course titles and course descriptions, and developed a curriculum that reflects current and future technological needs. A major feature of the new curriculum is that it organizes courses around three technology clusters: visual communication, energy/power, and production. The curriculum covers grades 7-12 and is called "Industrial Technology Education." The primary focus of the program is to develop students' abilities to solve problems and to be technologically literate. All courses are activity based and taught in technology laboratories designed to enhance development. The curriculum provides for application and integration of basic academic skills and the three domains of learning (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor). Implementation of the curriculum was carefully planned and monitored for compliance. Recommendations for curriculum development can be drawn from the Texas experience. (Appendixes include transparency masters detailing the curriculum development experience. There are 12 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Technology Education; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Mississippi Valley Industrial Teacher Education Conference (77th, St. Louis, MO, November 8-9, 1990).