New Paradigm or Old Wine? The Status of Technology Education Practice in the United States

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Council on Technology Teacher Education and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Virginia Tech. Digital Library and Archives

The notion that technology education is somehow quite different from industrial arts education has been around for half a century, when Warner and his graduate students first brought the study of technology to our field’s attention. DeVore (1964) drove the point home by arguing the case for technology as an “intellectual discipline,” and many others have echoed this theme. Clark, (1989) suggested technology education represents a “new paradigm.” A Conceptual Framework for Technology Education (Savage and Sterry, 1990) proposed a structure for a curriculum grounded in the processes of technology rather than the processes of industry, thereby consummating a divorce from industrial arts in the eyes of the profession. Most recently, the Rationale and Structure for the Study of Technology (International Technology Education Association, 1996) and Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (International Technology Education Association, 2000) underscore the premise that technology education is a new and different field of study.

Journal of Technology Education 12(2): (Spring 2001)