Technological Literacy Standards

TfAAP History

TfAAP History

October 1994 - September 2005

NoteThe ITEA-TfAAP webpages are intended to present the reader with an historical perspective of the project and the ground-breaking work it accomplished. The TfAAP web pages are archival and will not continue to be updated. After the TfAAP web pages were archived in January 2006, ITEA had a name change and became the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The name was not changed on these archival pages.

The Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP) progressed through three Phases, collectively spanning eleven years. Most of this time was devoted to the careful research,* writing, and refinement necessary to develop* a succession of interrelated publications. The publication developed during Phase I provided a foundation for the technological literacy standards,* which were developed in two parts during Phase II and Phase III. The companion publications containing the technological literacy standards provided the basis for the additional documents developed and published during the latter part of Phase III. Completion of each publication was a critical step towards the standards-based reform* of technology education* in the United States.
Advisory Groups provided expert* council to TfAAP during each phase of the project. Members of the Advisory Groups had backgrounds in standards creation, infusion, and implementation.* During regular meetings, members discussed issues relative to the design,* development, dissemination, implementation, and promotion of document content. Sustaining the vision* of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) and TfAAP, that all students can and should become technologically literate, was a key contribution of the advisory groups.

Writing teams provided detailed input in fashioning the initial drafts of each document, reviewing them repeatedly during document refinement, and adding strength and quality to the final publications. Writing team members included classroom teachers, supervisors, technology teacher educators,* administrators,* curriculum* developers, and representatives from mathematics,* science,* technology,* and engineering.*
Throughout the project contributors (including TfAAP and other ITEA staff members) authored articles, presentations, and additional supporting materials. These materials reported on project progress, summarizing the key publications or aiding in the implementation of document content in laboratory-classrooms.* 

*TfAAP was initiated and administered by ITEA, and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
* Consult the Condensed Glossary for the applicable meaning(s) of the denoted term(s).

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