The Immensity of Technology . . . and the Role of the Individual
Author: Gradwell, J.B.
Source: International Journal of Technology and Design Education, Volume 9, Number 3, 1999 , pp. 241-267(27)
Abstract:Technology is a force that reshapes society, the dominant organizer which fundamentally changes everything. It provides material comforts and benefits but can change social patterns and values. Major innovations are happening simultaneously, stretching biological, mental and social adaptation to the limit. Technological decision making relies on an equal focus on three areas: resources (knowledge and information), expression (skills and practices) and responsibility (values and ethics). Decisions cannot be left to the `blackbox' stage when functioning is effectively hidden from view and the technology has entered our culture. Similarly, participation in decision making cannot be left to a select few but must be the role of every citizen. Ensuring full participation in decisions should form the central role of technology education if it is finally to be recognized as a full member of the `general education club'. All students must be able to reflect, develop ethical standards and demonstrate how values are expressed through technology.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Second Language Education, McGill University, Faculty of Education, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Publication date: 1999-01-01