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ERIC Number: EJ782305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1864
The Status of Technology Education: A National Report on the State of the Profession
Akmal, Tariq; Oaks, Merrill M.; Barker, Ronald
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v39 n4 p6-25 Sum 2002
Technology education has progressed through several iterations over the past 100 years and continues to evolve as the primary medium for preparing children and youth in technological literacy. Over the past 20 years, technology education has worked diligently to move from a subject field where students primarily manipulated materials (industrial arts) to one of systematic instruction about technological systems and enterprises (technology education). The "Standards for Technological Literacy" more clearly define an operational agenda for the advancement of technological literacy for the nation's school-age youth. This study is the third in a series of national surveys that have systematically assessed the status of technology education in the United States and Canada. This study, a more recent analysis of the overall status of technology education, has been expanded significantly beyond the Oaks (1991), Chinien and Oaks (1995), and Newberry (2001) studies to include more indepth information regarding the general health and wellness of technology education in the United States. Eleven of the most critical issues and trends in technology education were selected and examined based on current literature, information from state technology education supervisors, and information profiled in the previous published articles. From a synthesis of these eleven topical areas, five major areas of focus emerged: (1) The status technology education holds at the state level and in schools; (2) The change in technology education program demographics during the last five years; (3) The degree to which extant curricular designs reflect current educational reform (the standards movement) and the evolution of technology education from industrial arts; (4) The current and future trends of technology educator supply and demand; and (5) The diversity of school populations as reflected in technology education programs. These five major areas became the focus of a comprehensive analysis of the profession, which began with the design and method of the research. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States