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ERIC Number: EJ835356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Toward Sustainable Practices in Technology Education
Elshof, Leo
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v19 n2 p133-147 Apr 2009
This paper discusses the problematic relationship between technology education, consumption and environmental sustainability. The emerging global sustainability crisis demands an educational response that moves beyond mere "tinkering" with classroom practices, toward technology education which embraces life cycle thinking and "eco-innovation". It will argue that the urgent transformation to technology education "for" sustainability citizenship must begin with a critical examination of existing practices and assumptions which underpin unsustainability. The initial context for this discussion will be technological education in Canada and the United States, in particular a recent national report on the assessment of technological literacy. The paper concludes by suggesting several "new paths" forward to move technology education toward more sustainable practices and more relevance for young people.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States