ERIC Number: ED351503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-15
Reference Count: N/A
Principles of Technology: University Infusion. Vocational Education Research.
Owens, James R.
A study sought to determine the extent and scope of courses in principles of technology being taught on the university level in the United States, especially in preservice teacher education programs. Data were gathered through mailed questionnaires, with 144 universities (59 percent of those queried) replying. Some of the findings of the survey are the following: (1) half the universities stated that an introductory technology course was required of undergraduate students for a degree; (2) the course title varied greatly among respondents, with "Technology and Society" and "Principles of Technology" cited most frequently (23 percent); (3) the colleges in which the courses were taught were technology and education; (4) more than half the universities responding said that the course was 3 hours of lecture, and some included a 2-4 hour laboratory; (5) 71 percent of the universities had no prerequisites for the course; and (6) most courses enrolled 21-30 students. Based on analysis of the survey responses, recommendations were made to incorporate a "Principles of Technology" course into the Southeastern Louisiana University degree program for at least 3 hours in freshman year. It was also proposed that the International Technology Education Association design a model curriculum for such a course. (Appendixes to the report include the survey questionnaire and letters of transmittal.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond.