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NSTA Recognizes Importance of Technological Literacy

January 06, 2011

The National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) commends the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on their November 2010 position paper, "Teaching Science and Technology in the Context of Societal and Personal Issues." It states that citizens should not only be scientifically but also technologically literate. The National Science Education Standards, developed in 1996, includes science and technology content standards, and the NCTL has advocated this since 2004. The NSTA position reflects the growing trend to incorporate engineering standards and assessments in both national and state K-12 educational initiatives.

The NSTA statement reads:

"NSTA strongly promotes the education of a citizenry that is scientifically and technologically literate as defined in the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996). This requires that we not only know, understand, and value scientific and technological concepts, processes, and outcomes, but that we are able to use and apply science and technology in our personal and social lives (Zeidler 2003). While both science and technology are human endeavors and involve similar basic procedures, science involves exploration of the natural world seeking explanations -- based on evidence -- for objects and events encountered, and technology focuses on the human-made world."

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