ERIC Number: ED395212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
The Effect of Selected Instructional Approaches in Technology Education on Students' Attitude toward Technology.
Boser, Richard; And Others
A pre- and posttest research design was used to ascertain whether instructional approaches used by technology teachers affected the attitudes of 155 seventh-grade students toward technology. It also determined whether males and females responded differently to these instructional approaches. A validated attitudinal instrument, the Pupils' Attitudes Toward Technology-USA version (PATT-USA), was administered to intact classes of technology education students in four middle schools at the beginning and end of a 9-week class session. The students were enrolled in technology education programs using one of four instructional approaches: interdisciplinary, modular, problem centered, and industrial arts. A multivariate analysis of variance was used to investigate differences among the four instructional approaches. Follow-up procedures included an analysis of variance and Tukey post-hoc test. Similar analysis procedures were used to ascertain whether gender affected students' attitude toward technology. Results indicated the following: (1) the instructional approach did affect students' attitude toward technology, with the interdisciplinary approach changing attitudes the most and industrial arts having the least impact; (2) male and female students had different attitudes toward technology in regard to gender appropriateness, difficulty, and interest, with males having stereotypical views of females' abilities; (3) although attitudes were affected, there was no clear direction of change; (4) students perceived the benefits of technology but had narrow concepts of what comprised technology; and (5) students' attitudes toward technology were generally consistent with previous PATT and PATT-USA studies. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Classroom Techniques, Educational Research, Grade 7, Industrial Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Learning Modules, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Technology, Technology Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Technology Teacher Education, Reston, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A