ERIC Number: ED053016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Technology: The Culture of Machine Living. Program in American History and Civilization.
Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs.
The readings in this narrative unit are concerned with the machine's role today and its future use in shaping man's environment. The general teaching objectives are to enable the student: 1) to adapt to a society directed toward total living, rather than one in which he earns a living; 2) to understand that uncontrolled technological advance may result in alienation and a devaluation of the human world; 3) to see himself as the beneficiary, rather than the victim, of a new social environment brought about by automation and invention; and, 4) to trust in man's ability to choose the changes the machine brings. The selections for the unit have been organized under three main titles: 1) The Machine: Friend or Foe; 2) Automation: Life with a Black Box; and, 3) The Culture of Machine Living. The first two parts include the traditional "Ballad of John Henry," an exposition of automation, and selected science fiction stories of previous years. The third part includes essays which present two problems of living in our culture: increased leisure time, and the intrusions in our environment by mass communication and excessive mobility. Discussion questions to encourage inquiry, a resource guide, and a vocabulary list are included. SO 001 492 through SO 001 494 are related units. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: American Culture, Automation, Concept Teaching, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Environmental Education, Inquiry, Leisure Time, Mass Media, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Studies, Social Systems, Social Values, Technological Advancement, United States History, Units of Study, Values Education
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Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs.