Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

You & Itea

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

You & Itea

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Survey on Technological Literacy in the U.S.

ITEA and its Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP) will develop in 2001 a survey instrument to be administered to the general public for the purpose of assessing the level of technological literacy of citizens. The basis for this survey is ITEA's Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (STL). This assessment is important in order to determine how America's educational system can be improved to provide this literacy to all citizens in the future.

In January 2001, ITEA formed a small advisory committee with expertise in technology education and STL. This research effort also plans to utilize the polling services of the Gallup Organization, which uses its standard national telephone sample based on a proportionate stratified sampling design, h is anticipated that the national telephone sample size of this survey will be 1000 people.

The data collected in the national telephone survey will be tabulated by the Gallup Organization. Final results, expected in July 2001, will be used in the preparation of an article to be sent to major newspapers, television, radios, and professional journals in the U.S. ITEA plans to disseminate the results to as many key agencies, professional associations, and key decisionmakers as possible in 2001-2002. Also, ITEA will publish the results in The Technology Teacher.

Future Trends

ITEA is currently working with the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) to help determine the types of future trends associations will face. Key executives from associations around the country have been invited to participate in focus sessions to create and react to materials that have been developed. ITEA finds this work of value in helping to create its own strategies for directions that will help the technology education profession. …

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