ERIC Number: ED312449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Industrial Arts and Technology.
Baird, David A.
Increased emphasis on academic and mathematical skills in high school courses such as "technology education" appeal only to the above average and motivated students, leaving a large majority of less-able students with a distorted view of future jobs, which do not, in fact, require such an academic approach. At the same time, industrial arts courses, which could provide the skills needed by more students, are less favored. Even if most new jobs are in the service and sales sectors, workers will need to understand the products they sell. Industrial arts and technology are not diametrically opposed. A great deal of common ground exists between the two possible extremes. For example, several proponents of technology believe that a hands-on, project-oriented approach is necessary in order to reach the student. The real difference between industrial technology education and industrial arts is focus. Industrial technology education advocates want to focus on technology, its effects on society, and the effects of people on it. Industrial arts supporters prefer a focus on the materials and processes of industry. However, the current focus in the United States is on educating the whole child, and it would seem necessary to include both industrial technology and traditional skills as a sufficiently diverse background to allow students to grow and change. Therefore, the best of each approach should be selected and included in an overall strategy for educating students of all ages. (KC)
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