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The American Ideology of Technological Progress: Historical Perspectives


by Howard P. Segal 1996

As far as we can determine in the absence of scientific public opinion polls for most of American history, a clear majority of Americans have associated technology with progress. Equally important, those Americans have usually equated technological progress with social progress. It is therefore reasonable to outline here what I call the American ideology of technological progress and then to suggest how it is changing as that historic technological optimism fades. The relevance of this change to education in America will be addressed in the final pages of the chapter.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 95, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 6, 1996, p. 28-48
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18803, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 1:33:41 AM

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  • Howard Segal
    University of Maine
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    HOWARD P. SEGAL is Professor of History at the University of Maine at Orono.
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