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Technology education is the study of the human ability to create and use tools to shape the natural environment to meet their needs. The goal of technology education is to spread technological literacy, which is accomplished by bringing laboratory activities to students. The term "technology education" is frequently shortened to "tech ed". Technological literacy is the ability to understand and evaluate technology. ...


History of Technology Education

Technology Education has evolved from Industrial Arts and Manual Training. Industrial Arts programs were also known as "shop classes". Today, technology education students generally work in labs and perform laboratory activities. In the past, many referred to the work areas used in technology education as "shops", however, many teachers have encouraged students to use the term "lab".

See http://www.oswego.edu/~waite/502techhistory.html for work accomplished by Dr. William Waite's classes, Professor in the Department of Technology, SUNY Oswego, NY. This reader contributes several scholarly papers on this topic.

Objectives of Technology Education

Technology education allows learners to explore a variety of activities related to many areas of human endeavor. Learners can develop problem solving strategies and work habits that will be useful in almost any career and or occupation. Learners should develop a greater appreciation for the work of craft workers and the skill required of that work.

Within the scope of this educational program is the effort to develop “soft skills” with in the learner, as well as an opportunity for the learner to see how systems work together and the chance to put much of the academic class instruction to work in an applied way.

Many of the skills that are to be taught in technology education classes are identified in the 1991 SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) Report. Many of these soft skills may be better developed in a lab, problem solving setting than in a typical academic classroom. 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Technology education versus technical education

The goal of technology education is different from technical education. Technical education teaches specific skills directed toward a specific type of work, for example, carpentry, automotive maintenance, welding, or computer network administration. Technology education is often confused with the term educational technology, which denotes technological devices and methods of delivering or developing educational information. Vocational education prepares learners for certain careers or professions, which are traditionally non-academic and directly related to a trade, occupation or vocation in which the learner participates. ... Vocational education prepares learners for certain careers or professions, which are traditionally non-academic and directly related to a trade, occupation or vocation in which the learner participates. ... Educational Technology is the use of technology to improve education. ...

External links

  • New York State Technology Education Association
  • International Technology Education Association
  • State University of New York at Oswego Department Of Technology
  • Epsilon Pi Tau - International Honor Society for Technology
  • Louisiana Technology Student Association, USA
  • New York City Technology Course Search Organization

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CTE - Technology Education (509 words)
Technology Education helps students develop an appreciation and fundamental understanding of technology through the study and application of materials, tools, processes, inventions, structures and artifacts of the past and present.
Technology may be defined as “How people modify their natural world to suit their purposes” (from Technology for All Americans).
Technology Education courses are an equal balance between hands-on laboratory experiences and knowledge and understanding.
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