ERIC Number: ED262998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
What Do 13-Year Old Pupils Think about Technology? The Conception of and the Attitude towards Technology of 13-Year Old Girls and Boys.
Raat, Jan H.; de Vries, Marc
The conception of and attitude toward technology of 13-year-old students was investigated. Twelve students were interviewed to find out what they thought of technology and how important it was to them. Other students (N=48) responded to 10 open-ended questions to determine their ideas about technology. Results were then used to construct a questionnaire consisting of 80 questions answered in a 5-point Likert scale format. The questionnaire was offered to some 3,000 13-year-old students of different types of schools in different parts of the Netherlands. The results were factor-analyzed. Twenty factors were found of which 14 could be identified. Factor scores were computed and the differences between girls and boys were tested for significance. Results show that: (1) students think that technology is a broad, important, and not too difficult subject, but it is hard for them to say what it is and why it is not the same as physics; (2) girls are less interested in technology than are boys; (3) girls as well as boys think that girls have the aptitude for technology; and (4) students with a technical father or mother are more acquainted with technology and are more aware of the importance of the field. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands