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Education for technological literacy in the modern society

Author(s) Ari Alamäki and Riitta Korhonen  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2000  
Editor Alistair Ross,Curricula for Citizenship in Europe:  
Language English  
Age group -  
Comments: Every citizen deals with technology on a daily basis. Those who are unable to manage and master technology are often helpless in modern society, where the ability to control, create and utilise technology is now seen as a basic skill. It follows that all citizens should receive education in technology, starting from childhood. Technological literacy is the umbrella concept for technology education. Children should understand that technology is the result of human activity. The ability to design and make use of technology in the context of technological literacy does not mean the acquisition of specific vocational skills, but namely the will and the self-confidence to approach simple technical tasks. A technologically literate person is able to evaluate critically, to reflect and to learn new things in the field of technology. Technological activities provide a natural broadening of children?s experience. They include many educational elements that stimulate all the facets of children?s development, and help children understand that knowledge, skills, tools and materials can improve their environment (Dunn and Larson, 1991; Idle, 1991

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