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ERIC Number: EJ1063617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 18
The Status of Design in Technology Teacher Education in the United States
Warner, Scott A.; Morford, Laura L.
Journal of Technology Education, v15 n2 p33-45 Spr 2004
Design is fundamental to the study of technology. The "Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology" ("Standards") (ITEA, 2000) identifies the importance of a holistic grasp of design when developing technological literacy. With design taking such a prominent role in the "Standards," a measure of the current status of such courses in technology teacher education provides a quantitative foundation for further investigation into the nature and role of design toward achieving technological literacy. The research in this study was designed to be the first in a series of studies to determine the nature and scope of the study of design in the undergraduate experience of technology educators. The intent of this specific research effort was to take a measure of the status of the study of design as a part of those undergraduate experiences. Reed (2002), Lewis (1999), Foster (1996), and Foster (1992) found declining numbers of research efforts being conducted in technology education. Furthermore, Lewis identified a number of areas in need of research. Examples of those areas that directly apply to the need for this study include: (1) Questions pertaining to technological literacy; (2) Questions pertaining to technology and creativity; (3) Questions pertaining to curriculum change; and (4) Questions that focus on teachers. The current status of the study of design in the curriculum content experienced by pre-service technology teachers during their undergraduate studies indicates a profession that is deeply rooted in the technical aspects of the design process. The content and organization of the courses for the study of design during the undergraduate experience are expected to evolve to reflect a broader understanding of the influence of design toward the study of technology.
Descriptors: Design, Technological Literacy, Technology, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Study, Technology Education, Standards, College Curriculum, Web Sites, Courses
Journal of Technology Education. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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