The Technology Teacher
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
The article informs that to address the need of identifying a comprehensive base for the critical issues and problems, research was conducted to ascertain the perspectives of classroom teachers, university professors, and supervisors of technology education. In addition, the entire population of 132 university department heads/program leaders in technology teacher education, as well as the total population of 55 state and regional supervisors, were selected to receive the survey questionnaire. The critical problem items, insufficient quantities of qualified technology education teachers, inadequate understanding by administrators and counselors concerning technology education, and inadequate understanding by general populace concerning technology education, were rated and ranked identically (position 1, 2, 3) on both measurements. Identified as the highest priority in both the critical issues and problems sections of the study, Recruitment of students/teachers into teacher education programs and insufficient quantities of qualified technology education teachers are vital to the current and future health of the technology education profession. Inadequate understanding by administrators and counselors concerning technology education and inadequate understanding by general populace concerning technology education speak to the issue and problem of confusion and misunderstanding of what technology education is about.
Wicklein, R. C. (2004). Critical issues and problems in technology education. The Technology Teacher, 64(4), 6-9.