Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NEW Standards-Based Resource for Middle School Technology Education

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NEW Standards-Based Resource for Middle School Technology Education

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The Center to Advance the Teaching of Technology & Science (CATTS) is coordinating a large scale, long term effort to develop a standards-based, fully articulated curriculum for K-12 technology education. This emerging curriculum is based on ITEA Technology for All Americans Project publications, Rationale and Structure for the Study of Technology (ITEA, 1996), and Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (Standards for Technological Literacy/STL) (ITEA, 2000). The CATTS Consortium is providing the leadership for developing the framework and content for this comprehensive curriculum. The first curriculum component developed by the CATTS Consortium is A Guide to Develop Standards-Based Curriculum for K-12 Technology Education (ITEA, 2000). This guide establishes a foundation and framework for the development of state and local curriculum. Teachers, curriculum developers, and supervisors are encouraged to review this guide in order to understand curriculum considerations and research-based content for K-12 technology education curriculum. Also, the guide includes curriculum criteria, recommended courses, and program insights to help readers understand the nature and scope of technology education in schools.

Teaching Technology: Middle School (ITEA, 2000) incorporates contemporary methods and activities for standards-based instruction. …

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