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ERIC Number: EJ1064404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
East Meets West: What Americans and Hong Kong People Think about Technology
Volk, Kenneth S.; Dugger, William E., Jr.
Journal of Technology Education, v17 n1 p53-68 Fall 2005
A few years ago, Rose and Dugger (2002) published the results of a public opinion poll on "What Americans Think about Technology." Sponsored by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) and conducted by the Gallup Organization, this ITEA/Gallup poll revealed many things about the public's understanding and attitudes about technology, as well as their ideas about technology in the school curriculum. One objective of the ITEA/Gallup poll was to determine if the public's perception of technology is congruent with that of the experts. Similarly, Hong Kong is now going through dialogue and critical self-examination about technology education. Considering that technology transcends international borders, many socioeconomic parallels exist between the US and Hong Kong, and both societies recognize the imperative of having a technically literate citizenry, a study was conducted on what Americans and Hong Kong people think about technology. Given the commonalities between the US and Hong Kong, this study seeks to ascertain if there is a similar understanding and knowledge of technology, as well similar concepts and priorities about technology education. In doing so, this study adds to the body of knowledge about cross-cultural, cross-country comparisons relating to technology, as well as the appropriateness of generalizing technology education curriculum in a global context. To facilitate making comparisons, the study conducted in Hong Kong used a similar instrument to that used in the ITEA/Gallup poll. The methodology, findings, and implications of the study are detailed herein.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study