ERIC Number: ED302665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Technology: A National Imperative.
International Technology Education Association, Reston, VA.
Many changes will occur in the United States in the next decade, often occasioned by new technology. Most new jobs will be highly technical and require technical education. At the same time, however, fewer workers with the required skills may be available as the U.S. work force becomes increasingly older, more female, and more disadvantaged. Technology has been described as the application of mathematics and science for specific purposes--to make life better. It also has been described as the use of knowledge, tools, and skills to increase our potential, to solve problems, and to modify the world. Faced with increasing technological change, schools are addressing many aspects of technology through a contemporary subject called "technology education." As part of the school curriculum, technology education teaches students to understand, use, and control technology. The curriculum covers the development of technology and its effect on people, the environment, and society. The increasing sophistication of the technological world has caused educators to address technology in conjunction with the study of mathematics and science. A curriculum has been developed and the parameters of technology education have been set. If parents, teachers, government officials, and corporate executives all play their parts, success in teaching technology education will result in a more educated populace that will provide the United States with the competitive edge necessary to remain as one of the most productive nations in the world. (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Attitudes, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Industrial Arts, Mathematics Instruction, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publications Department, International Technology Education Association, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($8.00 members; $10.00 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Technical Foundation of America, Lansing, IL.
Authoring Institution: International Technology Education Association, Reston, VA.