ERIC Number: ED451365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-20
Technological Studies at Thomas Edison Middle School. Grades 6-7-8.
Foster, Patrick N.
This technology studies curriculum for grades 6-8 is a plan for each middle school student to experience technology education for approximately 60 days (1 trimester of a 180-day school year) in each grade. Section A provides definitions; structure or content for grade-level programs with science and technology unifiers (unifying curricular concepts) identified for each grade; a curricular outline with curriculum overview of each year (technology and science unifiers; performance tasks; unit topics; challenge; weekly outline); and schedule and calendar. Section B contains the curriculum for each of the three grades. Introductory materials for each technology studies curriculum are science and technology unifiers; primary theoretical and activity levels; activity types; technology challenge; vocabulary; schedule; Internet resources; and materials (consumables, reusable supplies, tools and equipment, research resources). Each unit has the following components: technology performance tasks; tech lab basics; schedule; activity (context, chronology, continuation); and extension ideas. Grade 6 units are Problem Solving/Research and Development; Materials and Processes; and Engineering Design. Grade 7 units are Transportation Systems; Communications Systems; and Production Systems. Grade 8 units are Enterprises and Agencies; Technology and Economics; and Technological Impacts. Appendixes include a glossary; curriculum crosswalks; general safety guidelines; and reference texts. (YLB)
Descriptors: Communications, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Guides, Design, Economics, Engineering, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Internet, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Manufacturing, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Process Education, Research and Development, Science Education, Technology Education, Transportation, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Developed for Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), Northaven, CT.