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Technological Literacy

To fully appreciate the concept of technological literacy, it is first necessary to come to terms with the word technology. Generally speaking, technology is the modification of nature to meet human needs. This very broad definition is understood and accepted by scientists, engineers, and others engaged in technology creation. But most Americans view technology much more narrowly. Rather than the entire human-built world, they think primarily of information technology. For example, when asked to list the first thing that came to mind when they heard the word technology, nearly 70% of adults in a Gallup poll conducted in 2001 (and repeated in 2004) said “computers.” The next most common response, at just 4%, was “electronics.” Research conducted by the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) ...

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