The Technology Teacher
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
The article reports that technology teacher educators across the nation are considering what changes will be made to their pre-service teacher education programs to implement the standards in Standards for Technological Literacy (STL) (ITEA, 2000/2002) and to help future teachers learn to develop and teach curriculum that is based on those standards (Custer& amp; Wright, 2002). A recent survey (Reeve, Nielson,& amp; Meade, 2003) revealed that in Utah, a majority of teachers have a copy of the standards and are supportive of them, but they want help implementing standards-based technology education in their classrooms. Initially, a self-evaluation of the teacher education program was conducted that included input from students, local teachers, state and district leaders, and an external consultant with expertise in technology teacher education programs. University technology teacher education students could be change agents by bringing ideas into the classrooms of our local technology teachers, allowing them to experience more than just a quick workshop fix for incorporating the standards. With some teaching experience and a moderate understanding of standards-based curriculum, the university students are faced with a considerable challenge as they meet with the cooperating teachers and try to establish the attitude that the curricular unit should be standards-based rather than standards-reflective.
Shumway, S., & Berrett, J. (2004). Standards-based curriculum development for pre-service and in-service: A “partnering” approach using modified backwards design. The Technology Teacher, 64(3), 26-29.