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 AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS 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.* This supporting
material remains pertinent. Much of it is now exclusively available
through the TfAAP
Resources section of this web area.
Historical Perspective of ITEA's Technology for All Americans
Project, written by the TfAAP Project Director,
Dr. William E. Dugger, Jr., DTE, contains additional information
and historical details. This 16-page Microsoft Word® document
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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).