Tremendous changes have occurred and will continue to occur in the workplace. Equipment and processes are becoming more sophisticated; thus, workers need to have an increased level of skills to do their jobs. In fact, the most important job skills may be the ability to think creatively, solve problems, make decisions . . . and to learn. These types of intellectual skills are often not taught in school; yet through well-developed curricula, technology education programs can reinforce academic learning and enhance higher order thinking skills. This article details a rationale for technology education curricula which emphasizes the development of intellectual processes.
MDS-447 / September 1992