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ERIC Number: EJ1119412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-1431
Examining Technological Knowledge and Reasoning in Icelandic and Finnish Comprehensive Schools
Autio, Ossi; Olafsson, Brynjar; Thorsteinsson, Gisli
Design and Technology Education, v21 n2 p59-68 2016
This research was undertaken in Finnish and Icelandic schools during the years 2013-14, in order to explore students' technological knowledge and reasoning at the ages of eleven and thirteen. The research considered the congruence between students' undertakings within Craft and Design education in the national curriculum and their ability to understand technological concepts. Data was collected using a questionnaire distributed to seven elementary schools and is highlighted with the researchers' reviews of the national curricula. The Icelandic part of the research was undertaken with 277 students and Finnish sample consisted from 317 participants. Technological knowledge and reasoning was measured with a questionnaire regarding mechanical systems connected with simple physical phenomena. The results highlighted that students should have been more familiar with the content of the survey as a result of their Design and Craft studies and the use of textbooks in other subjects, such as physics. We expected that there is more transfer effect between the content of curriculum and the results in technological knowledge and reasoning. In addition, some differences between boys and girls were found. This is explained by boys and girls different interests and obviously this has an impact on girls' motivation for learning about technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Iceland
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