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View Resource Research in Technology Education: Back to the Future

The release of the Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (International Technology Education Association, 2000) has spawned significant activity and literature addressing needed research in technology education. For example, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held a conference to look at what research would help to achieve the goal...

View Resource The Effect of a Computer Simulation Activity versus a Hands-on Activity on Product Creativity in Technology Education

Computer use in the classroom has become a popular method of instruction for many technology educators. This may be due to the fact that software programs have advanced beyond the early days of drill and practice instruction. With the introduction of the graphical user interface, increased processing speed, and affordability, computer use in education has finally come of age. Software designers...

View Resource Learning Style and Laboratory Preference: A Study of Middle School Technology Education Teachers in Virginia

Laboratory instruction has long been a cornerstone of technology education pedagogy. The French realized the potential for technical laboratory instruction within general education in 1865 (Bennett, 1926). By the 1880s, the United States also realized the benefits of the technical laboratory for general education (Anderson, 1926). Despite these early roots and the continued practice of utilizing...

View Resource Integrating Science into Design Technology Projects: Using a Standard Model in the Design Process

Technology education at the elementary and middle school levels has been undergoing major revisions in recent years. There are currently a variety of pedagogical approaches to introduce elementary and middle school students to the processes and content of technological know-how and knowledge. These approaches span a range from a completely open-ended design challenge to a tightly structured,...

View Resource An Assessment Model for a Design Approach to Technological Problem Solving

Education reform has focused increasingly on critical thinking processes, including problem solving and student assessment. Correspondingly, curriculum and professional development efforts are directed toward developing problem solving abilities through authentic learning and problem-based teaching methodologies. The development of problem solving abilities is pivotal to technological literacy....

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