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ERIC Number: ED353400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-6
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Technology Education: Its Changing Role within General Education.
Pucel, David J.
Changes in society and work have led to reconsideration of the role schools should play in preparing students to become technologically literate. Technological literacy is part of cultural literacy. Technologically literate people have common sense knowledge of technology, understanding how technology evolves to satisfy human needs. The role of evolving technology can be understood through the "technological method," which has the following steps: (1) identify an unmet human need requiring a technical solution; (2) clarify the specific technical problem; (3) identify relevant existing technical methods and knowledge; (4) invent a probable solution; (5) determine the social acceptability and economic feasibility of the solution; (6) modify the solution if needed to maximize efficiency and acceptability; and (7) implement the solution. The implications for revitalizing the technology education curriculum in schools are as follows: (1) technology education has a legitimate role in the school curriculum; (2) technology education will not be able to justify a position in the school curriculum by doing better what it has done in the past; (3) both academic and technology education have worthy content; (4) curricula should focus on the technological method; (5) technology education should justify its inclusion because of valuable unique content; and (6) teachers must be taught to modify and incorporate new philosophy and content into their programs. (Contains 25 references.) (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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