Technology For All Americans
The Scholarly Communications Project and The Technology For All Americans
Project would like to announce the Technology For All Americans home page
located at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/TAA/TAA.html.
April 20, 1995
Technology for All Americans Project
1997 S. Main Street, Suite 701
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0353
Phone: (703) 953-0203
Fax: (703) 953-0014
Technology Education Standards ProjectTo Seek Input from Educators, Parents,
What should a 12-year old girl know about technology? How much should
she understand about genetic engineering, smart transportation
systems, wireless communications, or robotics?
By the year 2000, technology educators hope to have a literacy program
in place for students in grades K through 12 to learn about this
multi-faceted discipline. To reach this goal, a commission of experts
in the field is currently attempting to define what the standards for
technology will be.
"Technology is more than having access to a computer in a classroom.
It is the study of the world as it has been created by humans," says
William E. Dugger, Jr., a professor of technology education on
sabbatical from Virginia Tech.
Dugger is directing the efforts of the commission who are working
through a program entitled Technology for All Americans. The ambitious
program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The 22-member national commission met recently in Reston, Virginia, to
discuss the first phase of their work -- the writing of a document
that explains technology as a discipline and why technological
literacy is important for all children and adults. This document will
be a road map for the subsequent development of standards for the K-12
When the commission members have finished the document describing the
need for technological education of the nation's youngsters, they will
hold workshops around the country this summer. These hearings will be
located at seven NASA centers. Hearings will also be held in the fall
at regional and state technology, science, mathematics, and
engineering association meetings.
"It is extremely important to us to hear what the public has to say
about teaching technology in the classroom," Dugger explained. "We
want the input of engineers, teachers, parents, and anyone else who
may have an opinion about technological literacy. We want to be able
to reach a consensus about what these standards should be before they
The effort is similar to the standards project developed by the
community of geographers. In the 1980s, it was decided that geography
standards were needed in the schools. After building a consensus among
the various interest groups, geography standards were put in place by
1994. Another model, developed by the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) in 1989, is also being used by the commission.
Dugger explained that the technology standards will mimic geography's
model by actually implementing three sets of standards: grades K-4,
5-8, and 9-12. Similar to the geography project, the technology
standards will be based on ongoing consensus, and they will seek out
various political interests for input.
For further information about the Technology for All Americans
program, contact Dr. William E. Dugger, Jr., 1997 S. Main Street,
Suite 701, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0353. Telephone: (703) 953-0203 Fax:
(703) 953-0014 Email: T.Ed.Stan.Proj@bev.net
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