ERIC Number: ED368591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Importance and Consequences of International Contacts. Report No. 7.
This report is a summary of experience gained on international study tours and conferences about ways to increase young people's interest in science and technology and to change girls' attitudes towards technology by presenting the subject in a more interesting way. The document begins with some general thoughts about the significance of international contacts. Participation in three different conferences and the resulting network that developed are described. The distribution of men and women in technology in other countries indicates that it is possible to influence the choice of occupation, and that women are not necessarily inferior to men in technical occupations. In a world increasingly dependent on technology, where problems and solutions tend to be framed in technical terms, technology ought to be everybody's business. Yet statistics clearly show that university studies and professional engagement in science and technology are dominated by one gender. Most of the students at the institutes of technology in Sweden are men, even though the percentage of women has increased slowly since 1922, when they were first allowed to study there. This book discusses programs at universities in Australia, too, and the philosophy from which the idea of science centers has grown. By creating technological activity centers it is possible to increase young people's interest in science and technology. Finally there is a description of technology education in the Polish school system, with special emphasis on technology in the nursery schools in Poland. (Contains 23 references.)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Communication, International Educational Exchange, Nursery Schools, Science Instruction, Science Teaching Centers, Sciences, Scientific and Technical Information, Technology
Jonkoping University College, Department of Technology, P.O. Box 1026, S 55111 Jonkoping, Sweden.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jonkoping Univ. Coll. (Sweden). Dept. of Technology.
Identifiers: Australia; Poland; Sweden