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ERIC Number: ED391641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 20
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High School Students' Views about Technology.
Griffiths, Alan K.; Heath, Nancy Parsons
In this technologically expanding world it is important for teachers and other educators to be aware of students' existing conceptions of technology and to provide appropriate avenues for change. This study interviewed high school students (n=26) in Newfoundland, Canada, about their beliefs of science and technology. Questions were asked regarding examples, processes, and purposes of science and technology; relationships between them; characteristics and responsibilities of scientists and technologists; and relationships between science and technology with society. The majority of students made the distinction between examples of technology and examples of science confidently and correctly. This was also true for the distinction between the processes involved in doing science and technology. Although most students were aware that technology is concerned with the improvement of human life, they did not distinguish technology and science at all well in this regard. Many of the students held the well known stereotype of the scientist as a white coated, unkempt, bespectacled male but, surprisingly, about half of the students considered technologists to be just as likely female as male. Both scientists and technologists were seen as having a responsibility to help people. The general impression gained is that there is a need for improvement in students' understanding of technology and technologists. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada