ERIC Number: ED429551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Using Postman and de Bono as Guiding Principles in an Interdisciplinary Standards Based Approach to Technology Analysis for Secondary School Students.
Jervis, Charles K.
This paper describes a technology assessment curriculum developed at Auburn High School (Virginia). The program was used in Honors Biology and General Chemistry classes and is based on Neil Postman's ten principles of interaction between technology and society and Edward de Bono's "Six Thinking Hats," a system of approaching a problem that provides a formalized framework to focus thinking. Objectives of the programs were for students to: analyze local and recent technological, economic, scientific, and cultural interactions; address these technologies from the points of view of de Bono's and Postman's frameworks; and produce a portfolio of products according to principles of authentic assessment that document an understanding of Postman's principles and the technologies investigated. Topics discussed include: (1) rationale for the project and an introduction to de Bono's and Postman's techniques; (2) standards and technology education, including Virginia and national standards/frameworks; (3) the importance of technology assessment to contemporary society; (4) the amount of technical knowledge needed to make intelligent decisions about technology; and (5) basic skills necessary in order to be comfortable with investigations into technology/science/society issues, including understanding of the foundations of scientific reasoning, and science, humanities, and social sciences problem solving skills. Sample student handouts and assignments are included. (DLS)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Honors Curriculum, Instructional Development, Interaction, National Standards, Performance Based Assessment, Problem Solving, Science and Society, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, State Standards, Technological Literacy, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Charlottesville.
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia