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ERIC Number: EJ848435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1071-6084
Evidence Related to Awareness, Adoption, and Implementation of the Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology
Russell, Jill F.
Journal of Technology Studies, v31 n1 p30-38 Win 2005
Over the past twenty years American education has seen many changes, and most notable have been those related to accountability and assessment. One aspect of these changes has been the movement toward more specified student learning outcomes. In discipline after discipline content standards have been developed outlining that which students should achieve as a result of their schooling. The field of technology education has been no exception. Early in the game, in the 1980's, standards for technology education programs (although not for student achievement, per se) were developed. Then in the fall of 1994, the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) initiated the Technology for All Americans Project. This project received grant support from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). To this point the Technology for All Americans Project has included three phases. Cumulatively the following have been developed: (1) a rationale and structure for technology education; (2) content standards elaborating what K-12 students should know and be able to do with respect to technology; and (3) standards for technology education programs, professional development, and assessment of student achievement. As such, these efforts over the past decade have constituted an important movement for the promotion of technological literacy both within technology education and in related circles. Although the development of the various standards has been an important task, implementation becomes the critical next step if the standards are to ever reach fruition. The most well-conceived, quality-crafted standards do little good if they sit on the shelf unused. This article examines the evidence related to awareness, adoption, and implementation of ITEA's "Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology." The information presented is in part related to the data generated through the external evaluation of the Technology for All Americans Project. The methodology is described briefly and findings are reviewed. Conclusions as to progress are then presented. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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