ERIC Number: ED394004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Present and Possible Futures in the Technology Curriculum.
Technology education serves vocational and general education purposes at the same time. Education is embedded in culture, which is itself technologically constituted. The recognition of the centrality of technology to culture leads to an historical reflection about its role in everyday life. In contrast to stereotypical images of male-dominated and science-based technologies as the form of technological capability one seeks, technology everywhere has had a broader base in culture. One way of seeing through the current stereotype is to look at how women have sustained culture through their contribution to technology. If one accepts the idea that education is in fact a unified concept, then technology must be fitted into the curriculum. The urgent challenge for technology education is to broaden the subject to comprise these dimensions: culture studies, technology and making, and technology and practical action. Questions for research are what values are actually taught and the way in which teachers interpret and implement curriculum policies. One aspect of research that ought to be underscored is that of the cross-cultural. Technology has to lead individuals back to where they live and how to live better. Individuals need to be reminded of appropriate technologies and appropriate technological education that surely will be culture specific with diversity apparent in approach and method. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Jerusalem International Science and Technology Conference (2nd, Jerusalem, Israel, January 1996).