Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Improve Tech Literacy, Expert Group Urges. (Corporate Strategy)

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Improve Tech Literacy, Expert Group Urges. (Corporate Strategy)

Article excerpt

Once again there's a call for improving the technological literacy of Americans, more of whom pay attention to astrologers than to astronomers.

This time the call comes from a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council chaired by A. Thomas Young, retired Lockheed Martin Corp. executive vice president.

After a two-year study, the committee decided that it will take a broad-based, national effort to produce "a more erudite population that will be better prepared for the demands of today's high-tech work environment." To this end, the group made the following recommendations in its report Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More about Technology.

1. Federal and state agencies that help set education policy should encourage the integration of technology content into K-12 standards, curricula, instructional materials, and student assessments in nontechnology subject areas.

2. The states should better align their K-12 standards, curriculum frameworks, and student assessment in the sciences, mathematics, history, social studies, civics, the arts, and language arts with national educational standards that stress the connections between these subjects and technology.

3. NSF, DoEd, state boards of education, and others involved in K-12 science education should introduce, where appropriate, the word "technology" into the titles and contents of science standards, curricula, and instructional materials.

4. NSF, DoEd and teacher education accrediting bodies should provide incentives for institutions of higher education to transform the preparation of all teachers to better equip them to teach about technology throughout the curriculum. …

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