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ERIC Number: EJ794747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Technology Education: A Contemporary Perspective
Litowitz, Len S.; Warner, Scott A.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n7 p519-521 Mar 2008
In the June 2007 issue of "Phi Delta Kappan" (EJ767455), James Howlett and Brad Huff authored an article about the strong relationship between basic skills in math and reading and such technical skills as machining, drafting, and working with electricity or electronics. They also suggested that, as a result of No Child Left Behind, the public school curriculum was fast being turned into a two-subject curriculum. Beyond those key points, the article portrayed an overly vocational vision of technology education that left Litowitz and Warner feeling that an opportunity to explain the valuable role that technology education can play as part of the general public school curriculum had been wasted. In this article, Litowitz and Warner provide some historical and philosophical perspective on the differences between vocational education, industrial arts, and technology education. They state that the curriculum of industrial arts served its purpose when the U.S. was focused on an industry-based economy, but that it is necessary today to look ahead to a different type of future--one that is filled with the technological artifacts of human ingenuity and creativity, but has moved beyond the industries of the last century. They feel that it is critical for "Kappan" readers to be aware that contemporary technology education curricula are different from the outdated industrial arts model and represent a valuable asset in any forward-looking general education curriculum. Technology education provides all students with opportunities and experiences to develop technological literacy. It is for this reason that technology education should be a part of every student's intellectual diet as he or she moves through school. (Contains 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001