ERIC Number: ED420805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Overseas Studies and Technology Education.
This paper analyzes and evaluates the role of technology education in overseas studies programs. Despite the realities of today's economics, relatively few U.S. students have or take the opportunity to study and travel abroad. Although some college faculty are concerned that study abroad programs might lead to lowering the academic standards of a particular course offering, evidence suggests that the experience of being abroad can improve a person's learning process. Many prestigious higher education institutions have sizable percentages of students who participate in at least one work or study program abroad. New technologies are the fabric of globalization; consequently, technology education simply cannot afford to ignore the phenomenon of globalization. Because current technologies are increasingly becoming international technologies, technology literacy now requires an understanding of the whole international environment in which technologies evolve. The following factors must be considered when developing overseas study curricula: marketability; costs; and general and specific interests. The way in which traditional study abroad programs are generally structured virtually excludes technology education from their curricula. Technology education professionals must develop a set of technology topics that should be explicitly considered in study abroad curricula. The challenge is to structure an experience that is educationally sound while remaining within the parameters set by the reality of the typical technology education student. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) (60th, Fort Worth, TX, March 8-10, 1998).