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Journal of Technology Education, v20 n2 p23-36 Spr 2009

Visualization is becoming more prevalent as an application in science, engineering, and technology related professions. The analysis of static and dynamic graphical visualization provides data solutions and understandings that go beyond traditional forms of communication. The study of technology-based content and the application of conceptual modeling, data-driven visualizations, physical modeling, and presentations simultaneously promote technological, technical, and visual literacy. Technological and visual literacy maintain a significant role in successful knowledge and skill development in technology-based career paths. The National Science Foundation awarded the Visualization in Technology Education Project initial funding to develop and pilot test 12 units of instruction. The selected topics were then developed into units by professionals in technology education, science education, graphics education, and psychology. The purpose of these materials is twofold. The first is to focus on the skills, concepts, and principles inherent within the Standards for Technological Literacy--the de facto national standards for technology education in the United States. The second is to help students become better visual communicators and problem solvers. By the creation of visualizations, students learn to use different types of computer applications that will be useful as they select a direction for their future study. (Contains 9 tables.)

Descriptors: Visualization, Problem Solving, Visual Literacy, Literacy, Technological Literacy, Skill Development, Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Pilot Projects, Technology Education, Pretests Posttests, Cognitive Style, Evaluation

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Autor: Ernst, Jeremy V.; Clark, Aaron C.


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