Faculty Research at Morehead State University


A Technology Systems Course: An Essential Component of General Education Curriculum

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A central mission for educational institutions is to prepare students for a successful transition from the world of school to the workplace. To accomplish this, universities must offer a curriculum that provides students with a basic understanding of the technological society in which they live. The study of technology, as an integral part of general education curriculum at the university level, is a logical response to the society's need for individuals who are able to effectively participate in a technological world. This manuscript will provide an overview of the course, Technology Systems, that was integrated into the general education curriculum and offered in the Fall 1997 to all freshman students at Morehead State University. A preliminary assessment of students' enrollment indicates that technology systems will not only introduce the relatively new discipline of industrial technology to university students but also will increase students' enrollment in industrial technology programs.