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ERIC Number: EJ905119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 30
Defining the Role of Technology Education by Its Heart and Its Heritage
Snyder, Mark S.
Journal of Technology Studies, v30 n1 p19-27 Win 2004
The Committee on Technological Literacy (CTL), a group guided by the National Academies of Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, recently concluded that "it is in the best interest of all Americans to understand more about technology." The CTL recommended that governmental agencies set education policy to "encourage the integration of technology content into K-12 standards, curricula, instructional materials, [etc.]" (Pearson & Young, 2002, p. 103). If this does, in fact, occur, then technology education offers a clear solution towards helping the committee realize its aims. This article was written from the perspective that technology is a discipline of its own that is best taught through a variety of methods that necessarily include experiential learning. By definition, technological literacy is, and has always been, at the very heart of technology education. The author defines the role of technology education by its heart and its heritage.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Instructional Materials, Literacy, Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Technology Integration, Technology, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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