Designed for use in middle school introductory technology education courses, Technology: Engineering Our World contains a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math integration. It also helps student understand design processes and how to communicate their designs. In addition, Technology: Engineering Our World covers the impacts of technology on the environment and highlight things students can do to make a difference.
Textbook covers all middle school objectives from the Standards for Technological Literacy.
Reading Target activities help students focus on the material in each chapter.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Application features provide activities to strengthen student skill in these areas.
Think Green features help students make environmentally friendly decisions.
Review questions, critical thinking questions, activities, and STEM applications are included at the end of each chapter.
In addition to the text, the teaching package includes a Tech Lab Workbook with chapter review material and more than 100 skill-building and group activities. A comprehensive Teacher's Resource CD, with additional activities, teaching suggestions, and reproducible masters, is also available to supplement this edition. Other supplements include an Instructor's Presentations for PowerPoint CD and EXAMVIEW Assessment Suite.
1. Technology and You - An Introduction 2. Generating and Developing Ideas 3. Communicating Ideas 4. Materials 5. Processing Materials 6. Structures 7. Construction 8. Machines 9. Transportation 10. Energy 11. Electricity and Magnetism 12. Using Electricity and Electronics 13. Information and Communication Technology 14. Agricultural, Medical, and Biotechnology 15. Manufacturing 16. Technology and the Environment 17. Preparing for Your Career
John B. Gradwell - was initially educated at Loughborough University, England, after which he taught at both the elementary and secondary school levels. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Loughborough University and a bachelor of arts and master of arts from San Francisco State University. His work as a Research Fellow at Iowa State University culminated in a doctoral degree from ISU. Following doctoral studies, Dr. Gradwell taught at Temple University and subsequently at McGill University in the Faculty of Education where he is currently Professor Emeritus. His work has included the training of future and in-service teachers of technology education. His research focused on the integration of science within technology education including a comparison of European and North American systems. His industrial experience is primarily in cabinetmaking and fabrication and thermoforming of plastics.
Malcolm Welch - trained as a teacher of furniture design at Shoreditch College of Education, University of London. Following 22 years as a teacher in a variety of secondary schools in both England and Canada, he completed master of education and PhD degrees at McGill University. His doctoral work was included on the University's Dean's Honour List for outstanding research. He subsequently taught a graduate course in research methods and undergraduate courses in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Welch is currently Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, Queen's University. While at Queen's University, he directed the Elementary Science and Technology Project, a program that investigated approaches to the teaching of science and technology at the middle school level, provided professional development for teachers, and developed curriculum materials. He also worked on major curriculum projects in England and the United States, including the Standards for Technological Literacy.