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Book Review: The leader's guide to emotional agility: How to use soft skills to get hard results

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M. Kathleen Ferguson

Old Dominion University
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Technology education is often discussed as a dying profession. According to Volk in his 1997 article reviewing technology education teacher preparation programs, “the demise of the technology teacher preparation programs will occur around the year 2005” (p. 69). The number of technology education teacher preparation programs across the United States, programs that train educators to teach critical thinking about technology tools, are disappearing at an astonishing rate. Without teachers for the programs, tool-based instruction will cease, and our society will not be educated to look at tools in a critical manner. The number of technology education teacher graduates has decreased by 68.35% between the years of 1995 and 2008 (Moye, Jones, & Dugger, 2015). Currently, only 24 undergraduate technology and engineering teacher preparation programs with an enrollment of 20 students or more exist in the United States (Litowitz, 2014). The steady decline of programs that prepare technology and engineering education teachers has been a consistent issue for over 40 years (Moye et al., 2015). In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is currently only one program that trains students in undergraduate technology education, which is housed in the STEM Education and Professional Studies Department (STEMPS) at Old Dominion University (ODU). Virginia was instrumental in the creation of the Standards for Technological Literacy and has been a leader in technology education since the name change from industrial arts in 1978. However, the undergraduate technology education programs at Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Norfolk State, and Virginia State University have all become inactive, making the technology education program at ODU the last remaining program in the Commonwealth.
How to Cite: Ferguson, M. K. (2019). Book Review: The leader's guide to emotional agility: How to use soft skills to get hard results. Journal of Technology Education, 31(1), 63–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v31i1.a.4
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Published on 21 Sep 2019.

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