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Technology, 4th Edition

Technology, 4th Edition
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By: Dr. R. Thomas Wright

ISBN: 978-1-59070-159-1
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: ©2004
Subject: Technology / Engineering
Grade Level: 9-12
Retail Price: $56.00
School Price: $42.00


This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Technology will help students realize how technology affects people and the world in which we live. Numerous illustrations and easy-to-read text enable understanding of how people use technology, and why technological systems work the way they do. New features such as Tomorrow's Technology Today, Technology Explained, and Connections to Technology provide numerous practical examples of the impacts of technology. The scope of this edition has been broadened with the addition of chapters on computer and Internet communication, agriculture and related biotechnologies, food processing technologies, and medical and health technologies.

Table of Contents

  1. Technology: A Dynamic, Human System
  2. Technology as a System
  3. Types of Technological Systems
  4. Inputs to Technological Systems
  5. Technological Processes
  6. Outputs and Feedback and Control
  7. Production Tools and Their Safe Use
  8. Measurement Systems and Tools and Their Role in Technology
  9. The Problem-Solving and Design Process
10. Developing Design Solutions
11. Evaluating Design Solutions
12. Communicating Design Solutions
13. Using Technology to Produce Artifacts
14. The Types of Material Resources and How They Are Obtained
15. Processing Resources
16. Manufacturing Products
17. Constructing Structures
18. Using and Servicing Products and Structures
19. Using Technology to Communicate
20. Printed Graphic Communication
21. Photographic Communication
22. Telecommunication
23. Computer and Internet Communication
24. Using Technology to Transport
25. Transportation Vehicles
26. Operating Transportation Systems
27. Energy: The Foundation of Technology
28. Energy Conversion Systems
29. Agricultural and Related Biotechnologies
30. Food-Processing Technologies
31. Medical and Health Technologies
32. Organizing a Technological Enterprise
33. Operating Technological Enterprises
34. Using and Assessing Technology
35. Technology: A Societal View
36. Technology: A Personal View


   PDF Maryland Technology Education Voluntary State Curriculum Correlation (PDF, 175 KB)
   PDF Technology Systems TEKS Correlation (PDF, 157 KB)
  Note: Correlation files may not be available for all listed courses.

About Author(s)

Dr. R. Thomas Wright - is one of the leading figures in technology-education curriculum development in the United States. Dr. Wright has served the profession through many professional offices. These offices include President of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and President of the Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE). His work has been recognized through the ITEEA Academy of Fellows award and Award of Distinction, the CTTE Technology Teacher Educator of the Year, the Epsilon Pi Tau Laureate Citation and Distinguished Service Citation, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the Governor of Indiana, the Bellringer Award from the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Ball State University Faculty of the Year Award and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professorship, and the EEA-Ship Citation. Dr. Wright's educational background includes a bachelor's degree from Stout State University, a master of science degree from Ball State University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. His teaching experience consists of 3 years as a junior high instructor in California and 37 years as a university instructor at Ball State University. In addition, he has also been a visiting professor at Colorado State University; Oregon State University; and Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.


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