Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research


Hal Bacon






There are many different organizations involved in developing programs and teaching materials which use aviation and space concepts in education. These entities include governmental agencies, private industry, aviation and space associations and lobbying groups, and private non-profit organizations. Each of them has a different vested interest in aviation and space, and therefore each has a different idea about what aviation and space education really is. Also, each uses different terminology for their programs. Some are called aviation education, while others use terminology such as air age education, aeronautical education, aviation science, space science education, aeronautics and space education, air and space education, aerospace technology, and aerospace education. Is it any wonder that the ultimate users of these programs--the education community--are confused about what aviation and space education is really all about? These aviation and space education programs have almost as many goals and objectives as there are organizations involved in them. Some are designed to use aviation and space concepts to help teach traditional school subjects. Others have a goal of preparing pilots, astronauts, air traffic controllers, airport managers, or professionals for other aerospace related fields. Still others look at using a youngster's interest in aviation and space as a way to improve the math and science skills of the student. All of these are worthwhile goals, and there is a place for each of these programs in education today.



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