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ERIC Number: EJ830479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1864
Technology Education: Three Reasons Stereotypes Persist
Shields, C. J.; Harris, Kara
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v44 n2 p60-72 Sum 2007
Technology and the job of educating students about technology has been changing and evolving since the dawn of humanity. Many technology education (TE) teachers have readily adapted to recent changes and seek to educate a diverse group of students about the ever changing world of technology. However, there are some within the TE community that have been slow to react to curricular, social, and perceptual changes of the past two decades. In a story entitled, "Kids Build Soybean-Fueled Car," that was aired on CBS "Evening News" on February 17, 2006, it demonstrated both the positive effects that technology education can have on secondary students and the negative stereotypes that continue to exist about TE. In this article, the authors discuss three reasons why stereotypes persist. These include: (1) non-uniformity of TE curriculum; (2) lack of undergraduate recruitment; and (3) the perception of technology education among professional educators. In order to overcome the stereotypes with which the general public has branded the TE, the author offers three corrective action that must be taken. First, TE must unify under one name and one curriculum, the chosen name and curriculum must be cognizant of future technological evaluations. Secondly, TE must erase the stereotype that only White males enter the discipline by actively recruiting and retaining female and minority secondary and postsecondary instructors and students. Finally, TE must stress its connections to math and science if it is to overcome stereotypes within the educational community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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