all technological designers -- whether we realize it or not. Every output that
we generate has a consequence. Every action that we take has an impact. But
interest in some key design-related fields -- and science and technology
post-secondary education in
Integrated Technologies course is an introduction to the Broad-Based
Technologies, with an emphasis on Technological Design in particular.
Technological Design is the union of knowledge, good citizenship, thinking,
communication, organization, time management, general employability and other
skills across virtually all subject areas. Secondary School Technological Design
courses are ideal opportunities to immerse students in well-scoped
interdisciplinary views of real-world systems and real-world processes. Good
Technological Design courses can prepare students for real-world work.
A Fundamental Purpose -- Attitude, Education and Work
Students must be introduced relatively early to the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that will enable them to succeed in life and to help them contribute to a better world. The fundamental role of Technological Education is to prepare students to achieve success and fulfilment in the world of work. The Broad-Based Technologies (BBTs) are carefully selected abstractions of the complex and continually evolving world of work. The exploration of the BBTs begins in Grade 9 Integrated Technologies classes. A most fundamental purpose of my Technological Design program (Grades 10 through 12) is to clearly stress the importance of early development of sound attitudes toward education and work in the context of carefully considered applications in the Broad-Based Technologies.
[i] See for example, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Global Science Forum Activity on Declining Interest in Science Studies Among Young People, "Objectives and Preliminary Report on the Qualitative Analysis", Dr. Frédéric Sgard, OECD Global Science Forum Secretariat
D.B. McCowan, General Comments on the
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