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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 NCATE/ITEA/CTTE Program Standards (2003) Programs for the Preparation of Technology Education Teachers Introduction Technology education is a discipline designed to promote technological literacy at the K- 12 grade level. It is the intent of such study to provide technology students with an understanding of their technological culture so they can become intelligent consumers of their technology. Therefore, technology education programs are designed to produce individuals who can solve problems involving the technical means humans use for their survival. Technology education programs capitalize on the need humans have for expressing themselves with tools and materials. Technological literacy is considered a basic and fundamental study for all people regardless of educational or career goals. In the field of technology teacher education, accreditation has taken on a more important role. In the past 15 years, guidelines and standards for accreditation have been implemented into many universities. More recently, through the efforts of many individuals in the field of technology teacher education, the Technology for All Americans Project has developed Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (ITEA, 2000). These standards will continue to guide the technology educations profession as new ITEA/CTTE/NCATE standards are reviewed and updated every five years. It should be noted that these ITEA/CTTE/NCATE curriculum standards have been written in such a manner that the technology teacher education candidate will be able to provide positive effects to enhance student learning at the K-12 level. Definitions The following definitions of terms will help the reader understand the fields of technology and technology education. 1. Technological literacy The ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology. 2. Technological problem- solving The process of understanding a technological problem, devising a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the plan in order to solve a problem or meet a need or want. 3. Technological products and systems Products and systems that use or relate to technology. 4. Technologically literate Having technological literacy; capable of understanding with increasing sophisticationwhat technology is, how it is created, how it shapes society, and in turn is shaped by society. 5. Technology 1. The innovation, change, or modification of the natural environment to satisfy perceived human needs and wants. 2. Human innovation in action that involves the generation of knowledge and processes to develop systems that solve problems and extend human capabilities. Page 2 6. Technology education An interdisciplinary study of technology across grade levels that provides opportunities throughout content area studies for students to learn about the processes and knowledge related to technology needed to solve problems and extend human capabilities....
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