International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Advancing technology and engineering capabilities for all people
The importance of educational programs that focus on the study of technology has not waned since the publication of Standards for Technological Literacy in 2000. Then, as now, the primary outcome sought is enhanced technological literacy among all students. The goal is to develop individuals who have a broad, conceptual understanding of technology and its place in society, enabling them to be active participants in the technological world and careful creators and users of technology.
All technological systems are embedded within social and environmental contexts and all have, or will have, both intended and unintended consequences. Many of our current global problems were created by our technological choices. This increases the need for technologically literate citizens who participate in decision making.