The Challenge: Developing Technological Literacy in Education
This discussion focuses on the transition from an industrial society to an information society, and on the changing nature of work life as a result of new technologies. An examination of the changing workforce (new occupations and skills based upon technology) results in a listing of emerging jobs and occupations which illustrate the increasing importance of technology. Technological literacy is identified as a matter for critical concern in an information society. Technological literacy is seen as encompassing all of the literacies--basic skills, scientific, and computer, as well as the humanities and the social sciences--with a broader view of technology incorporating the various information technologies. Also discussed are new essential skills which focus on process rather than subject matter content, and include critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, application, synthesis, decision making, communication, and evaluation and analysis. Implications of these societal changes for educators are discussed and include consideration of possible changes in the public school curriculum as well as in teacher education. (JD)
Warnat, W.I. The Challenge: Developing Technological Literacy in Education.