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ERIC Number: EJ1064451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
How Taiwanese and Americans Think about Technology
Fang, Rong-jyue; Teng, Chia-chien; Chen, Chih-chia
Journal of Technology Education, v18 n2 p7-23 Spr 2007
Technological changes play a key factor in social and economic development. People's knowledge, attitudes, and abilities about technology influence the choices and national development. According to a 2005 report of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Taiwan ranks second in world technology competitiveness. This ranking represents the Taiwanese people's positive outlook on living in a technological world. The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) published two surveys completed by the Gallup Organization about how American people think about technology, one in 2002 and another in 2004. This study obtained data on how the Taiwanese people think about technology and compared selected findings to the ITEA studies of 2001 and 2004. It is hoped that this research will offer recommendations for government officials and developers when revising educational programs and curriculum, especially those related to technology education. This study highlights some interesting similarities and differences between Americans and Taiwanese. Certainly many of the differences may be explained by the wide variation in the two cultures, especially in societal values, historical precedents, economic bases, and educational systems. It is interesting to note, at the same time, how similar some of the results are despite the cultural disparities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States