ERIC Number: ED305256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Views of Technology: A Research Report.
This paper reports the results of a survey of 1,200 teachers' views on technology. Using a combination of empirical methods, teachers' responses to statements about technology in contemporary society were examined. This paper describes the following: (1) new statements about technology based on the sociology of technology; (2) teachers' responses to these statements; and (3) teachers' responses compared to those of high school graduates and undergraduate science students. The paper speculates on the model of technology held by many teachers and offers suggestions for pre- and inservice education. A series of statement pairs (positive and negative exemplars) were designed to elicit teachers' responses to the issues of technology and quality of life, technology and employment, technology and health care, technology and food production, and technology and social well-being. The responses indicated that the teachers in this sample described and critiqued technology from an artifact perspective, that they were evenly split on whether technology improved employment prospects, that medicine was the example most often cited as an example of beneficial technology, and that a technocracy was favored by half the respondents. These results were indistinguishable from the responses of graduating high school seniors. A copy of the survey is included. (MVL)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Students, Evaluation Methods, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Science and Society, Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching (Occupation), Technological Advancement, Technology, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Dept. of Curriculum Studies.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (62nd, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 1989).