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Building a Defensible Curriculum Base


Tom Wright

Ball State University, US
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Professor of Industry and Technology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
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Educators seem to have a strong desire to relive
          historical mistakes. During the 1960s, industrial arts
          innovators divided into three fairly distinct camps. One
          group could be characterized as the technology camp and was
          championed by DeVore (1966)and others. Another group was
          the industry group which was championed by the Ohio State
          IACP staff (Towers, 1966). A third group was the
          child-centered group championed by Maley (1973). These
          people and their followers spent an inordinate amount of
          time debating the content base for industrial arts and
          criticizing the other camps' position. However valuable this
          discourse was, the vast majority of the field was unmoved.
          Most programs continued to focus their efforts on the skills
          involved in woodworking, metalworking, and drafting,
          (Dugger, 1980).
How to Cite: Wright, T. (1992). Building a Defensible Curriculum Base. Journal of Technology Education, 3(2), 62–66. DOI:
Published on 22 Mar 1992.
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