ERIC Number: ED368892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Life and Work in a Technological Society. ERIC Digest No. 147.
Technology is more than applied science. It is the processes and products by which humans have coped with and changed their environment throughout history. People have always lived and worked in a "technological society." Never before, however, has technological change been so rapid or broad in scope. The concept of an "educated person" includes an element of technological literacy, which is in turn a continuum on which individuals' levels of competence vary and degree of technological literacy needed depends on life and work roles. Increasing numbers of persons from demographic groups traditionally on the margins of technological experience are entering the work force at a time when the amount and breadth of technical training needed for many jobs has increased. Technology education is an important component of education that aims to prepare students for life and work in phases appropriate for different academic levels (ranging from awareness for elementary students to preparation for employment for high school and postsecondary students). A balanced curriculum recognizes the technological method as a mode of inquiry equal to those used in the sciences and humanities. Technology education is a problem-based method of inquiry; however, it should be balanced with ideas-based inquiry. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests