International Journal of Technology and Design Education

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 221-238

First online:

Comparing technology education in the U.S. and U.K.

  • Theodore LewisAffiliated withDepartment of Work, Community and Family Education, University of Minnesota

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British and American discourses and experiences with respect to technology education are compared. Out of this comparison important issues are identified that have implications for the larger ongoing conversation on technology beyond these countries. They include the role of the state in establishing and validating the subject, the dual claims of technology literacy and technological capability, and dual curricular approaches — content and process.


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