Redefining What It Means to Be Technologically Literate

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Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 16)

Abstract

As technology is deeply entrenched in American culture, educational policy, standards and curricula, this chapter calls for K–12 educators to amend the definition of “technological literacy” to include an ecojustice perspective. It examines the cultural values inherent in the use of technology, as well as evaluates the nationally acclaimed International Technology Education and Engineers Association Standards for Technological Literacy. Through a pedagogical approach of encouraging ecojustice, teachers can help enable students to make technological and consumerist choices that take into account social and environmental costs. Though schools play only a marginal role in the development of students’ beliefs, values, and ethics, they still have a part of the greater cultural milieu responsible for the development of ecojustice sustainable consumerist practices. Additionally, it is also hoped that teachers will reflect on their own literacies, adjust their pedagogies, and model better choices for their students.

Keywords

Ecojustice Technology Consumerism Literacy Curriculum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Green Mountain CollegePoultneyUSA

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