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ERIC Number: EJ898826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Curriculum Consonance and Dissonance in Technology Education Classrooms
Brown, Ryan A.
Journal of Technology Education, v20 n2 p8-22 Spr 2009
In a time of increased accountability, a tightened curriculum, and fewer curricular choices for students, technology education in the United States is in the position of defending itself by "carving a niche" in the school curriculum. Justifying the place of technology education is becoming increasingly difficult, as there has been little agreement in either policy or practice over the definition and function of technology education. The problem addressed in this study is determining whether the new "official" definition and purpose for technology education has had any effect on technology education classrooms. The concern, and the focus of this study, is that technology education as defined by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) might not be what is currently taught by teachers and experienced by students. The purpose of this study was to determine if inconsistencies exist between the field's view of technology education and the events that take place in the technology education classrooms by examining the relationships among the field's teachers' and students' ideas regarding the nature and outcomes of technology education. This was designed to help bridge a gap in technology education research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana