ERIC Number: EJ1162473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Reference Count: 21
Is Computer Science Compatible with Technological Literacy?
Buckler, Chris; Koperski, Kevin; Loveland, Thomas R.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v77 n4 p15-20 Dec 2017-Jan 2018
Although technology education evolved over time, and pressure increased to infuse more engineering principles and increase links to STEM (science technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives, there has never been an official alignment between technology and engineering education and computer science. There is movement at the federal level that is attempting to make the two content areas closer: the first was in 2015, when the U.S. Congress passed the STEM Education Act of 2015, which officially made computer science a part of STEM. The second was in January 2016, when President Obama announced his Computer Science for All initiative, setting a goal that every student who wants to learn computer science should be able to do so (Guzdial & Morrison, 2016). This initiative has set many states in motion to include computer science courses in their school systems as an elective. Some states are in the process of identifying their own computer science standards because "having standards makes it easier to define classes, to create teacher certifications, and to grow teacher professional development programs" (Guzdial, 2016, p. 25).
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Computer Science Education, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Research
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