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Project-Based Technology: Instructional Strategy for Developing Technological Literacy

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Moti Frank ,

Holon Institute of Technology, IL
About Moti
A faculty member in the Department of Technology Management and the Head of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Holon Institute of Technology and a visitor senior lecturer in the Department of Education in Technology and Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
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Abigail Barzilai

Israel Institute of Technology, IL
About Abigail

An adjacent lecturer in the Department of Education in Technology and Science and the head of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

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Abstract

We live in a society that increasingly depends upon technology. Citizens who understand and are comfortable with the concepts and workings of modern technology are better able to participate fully in society and in the global marketplace (ITEA, 2003a). It is in the interest of science education to help students develop a greater understanding and appreciation for technology and engineering (Bybee, 2000). For these reasons a growing number of voices are calling for the mandatory study of technology by school-aged children worldwide. Technological literacy is the ability to use, manage, assess, and understand technology. It involves the application of knowledge and abilities to real-world situations (ITEA, 2003a). The Israeli national curriculum for junior high school includes a subject called “Science and Technology.” One major learning goal, as determined by the Ministry of Education, is developing technological literacy. In order to prepare pre-service teachers to teach this subject in junior high school a mandatory methods course has been developed by the Department of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The course is based on the national curriculum of science and technology in junior high school. One objective of the course is to prepare future teachers to design and manage learning environments that promote technological literacy.
How to Cite: Frank, M., & Barzilai, A. (2011). Project-Based Technology: Instructional Strategy for Developing Technological Literacy. Journal of Technology Education, 18(1), 39–53. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v18i1.a.3
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Published on 22 Sep 2011.
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