Proceedings of the First AAAS Technology Education Research Conference
A conversation about potential directions for technology education research was initiated at a conference held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in December 1999.
The purpose of the AAAS conference was to consider what kind of research would enhance the goal of achieving universal technological literacy. The conference began a fruitful conversation about directions for research in technology education by providing a context for attendees to present their ideas. The conference also highlighted the research that will be needed to improve students' technological literacy and the central importance of understanding how children learn the technological ideas and skills that have been identified for literacy.
Proceedings of the Second AAAS Technology Education Research Conference
To build on the high-priority research issues identified in the first conference, a second technology conference was held in Washington, D.C. in April 2001, which brought together educators and researchers from the U.S. and abroad.
The primary goal of the second conference was to encourage good research on how students learn the ideas and skills identified for technology education and to discuss research priorities and the conditions needed to set a coherent and productive research agenda.
Support for the Technology Education Research Conferences and proceedings was provided by grant ESI-9618093 from the National Science Foundation. Any interpretations and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Association for the Advancement of Science or the National Science Foundation.