ERIC Number: ED353440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Internationalizing Technology Education.
Internationalizing is not a predominant theme in technology education either in the United States or in Europe. However, the case for internationalizing education and technology education is compelling, especially since the goal of promoting genuine understanding and tolerance is accepted. Four major purposes or themes for internationalization include analysis of the world as a series of interrelated systems, perspectives on the development of modern civilization, cultural understanding, and preparation of citizens to make public policy. Respect for diversity and the concept of sustainable development might well be added to the preceding themes. The essence of internationalization is collaboration, not competition. Based on a literature review, research, and personal experience, a sample list of possibilities can be suggested for evolving a plan for internationalization of technology education. These suggestions fall into the following categories: practice (teaching of technology education in elementary and secondary schools), research, student association activity, graduate education and university faculty, professional association activity, school administration and state departments, and university administration. The key to progress towards internationalization is systematic planning and support of multiple points of contact across the entire faculty, student, and administrator body. Frequent and extended contact are also critical features. (The paper lists 67 references and 41 associations and 18 agencies operating in the internationalization arena.) (KC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Programs, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Student Organizations, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Technology Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mississippi Valley Conference (Chicago, IL, November 12-13, 1992).