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The Relationship of Technology To Science and the Teaching of Technology

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Rustum Roy

The Pennsylvania State University, US
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Professor and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

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"Technology" as parallel subject matter to "science" has never found any major place in our K-12 system. This is due to the enormous confusion surrounding the question of the relationships between the icon-words "Science" and "Technology." In the American public's belief system, "Science" is a uniform good. The American credo affirms "more scientific research" is certain to be good for the nation. In economic terms, it fails to distinguish between a "consumption good" and an "investment good." Without any thought or reflection, the U.S. public and its leaders base actions on the proposition that the supply of new "basic science" is infinite, that science leads to applied science which in turn leads to technology and jobs. ALL of which assumptions are now regarded as, almost certainly, egregious errors.

How to Cite: Roy, R. (1990). The Relationship of Technology To Science and the Teaching of Technology. Journal of Technology Education, 1(2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v1i2.a.5
Published on 22 Mar 1990.
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