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ERIC Number: EJ774178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Should There Be a National Curriculum for Technological Literacy?: Opinions from Leaders in the Field
Hummell, Laura Johnson; Lipton, Ethan B.; Morrow, Mellissa; Streichler, Jerry; Zuga, Karen
Technology Teacher, v66 n5 p29-33 Feb 2007
This article shares the opinions of several leaders in technology education regarding the need for a national curriculum for technology literacy. Laura Johnson Hummell, a North Carolina middle school technology education teacher and doctoral candidate at East Carolina University, believes that the United States should have a national curriculum for technological literacy to avoid the inconsistencies that currently exist. Ethan B. Lipton, Ph.D., DTE, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean, Educational Support Services at California State University in Los Angeles, says while the implementation of a national curriculum may initially appear inviting, it is not the solution because it is inconsistent with past and current views in the United States that continue to place the responsibility for curricular decisions related to all subjects at the state and local levels. Mellissa Morrow, Director of Career and Technical Education Sarasota County School Board, Sarasota, Florida, states that a national curriculum for technological literacy is critical if technology educators hope to move forward with widespread implementation of "Standards for Technological Literacy." Jerry Streichler, DTE, a member of the ITEA Academy of Fellows, believes that the goal of implementing a "national curriculum" will be frustrated by timing and political hurdles. Karen Zuga, Program Director, Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, says he has never been an advocate of a national curriculum, and even though there appear to be some advantages to having one, he is still opposed to a "one size fits all" approach to education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States