Out with the old, in with the new: Transition to technology education issues in North America

Dennis B. Sharpe
1996, Vol. 1, No. 1,


This research:

  • Provides a thumbnail sketch of the development of technology education in North America
  • Analyses the nature of change from craft practice (industrial arts) to design and technology (technology education)
  • Helps you to see the connection between our struggles in the UK and developments in North America

The change from an industrial arts to a technology education curriculum within Canada and the United States has been under way for several years. An examination of the emerging programmes reveals that, although several diverse approaches are being pursued by the various states and provinces, a number of trends and issues are emerging which highlight factors that need to be considered as curriculum development and change processes occur. Attention to these can help educators in a more successful and acceptable transition to a technology education programme.

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