Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Technology Education

Volume

20

Issue

1

Publisher

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publication Date

2008

First Page

16

Last Page

31

Abstract

The focus of research in technology education has evolved throughout its history as the field changed from industrial arts to technology education (Spencer & Rogers, 2006). With the move to technology education, the field has begun to broaden its focus to better understand the teaching, learning, curriculum, and policy implications of preparing the next generation of technological thinkers. Although a complete “paradigm shift” may not have occurred completely within all technology-oriented programs (Sanders, 2001), the current emphasis on engineering within technology education indicates a need to examine and assess the status of technology education research over the past ten years to identify strengths and areas that need to be addressed in order to guide the field into the future.