ERIC Number: ED315635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Education: Industrial Arts in Transition.
During the past 10 years, the field of industrial arts, stimulated by rapid technological changes, has changed its name and its focus to technology education. Industrial arts goals chronicled from the 1920s to the present indicate an increased emphasis on the study of industry and technology, critical consumerism, and the development of intellectual processes and interpersonal behavioral skills. A study of these changes by 20-year increments reveals how the discipline has changed from one that emphasized problem solving for a particular project to one that requires the application of problem-solving skills to global situations. Although there is still considerable disagreement among teachers, teacher educators, and technologists regarding what should be the content of technology education programs, a great number of content designs expand on the four technical systems of communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction identified in the Jackson's Mill Industrial Arts Curriculum Theory document (1981). Some exemplary programs have gained the national spotlight. Some are statewide (New York, Virginia, Illinois); some are limited to specific areas within a state, and some are school-specific. The best programs are those in which problem-solving and critical thinking experiences are provided for students. For teachers, this is a time for renewed professional commitment and growth to ensure that the technology education program takes its rightful place in the curriculum. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Office of the State Director for Vocational Education.