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ERIC Number: EJ936272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Taking Part in Technology Education: Elements in Students' Motivation
Autio, Ossi; Hietanoro, Jenni; Ruismaki, Heikki
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v21 n3 p349-361 Aug 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the elements motivating comprehensive school students to study technology education. In addition, we tried to discover how students' motivation towards technology education developed over the period leading up to their school experience and the effect this might have on their future involvement with technology. The research was carried out as a qualitative case study and the material was collected through individual theme interviews. The study group consisted of four 15 to 16-year-old students, each representing a totally different case of motivation towards technology education. In choosing individuals for the study the main criteria were gender and negative or positive motivation towards technology education. This study found that the artefact to be made in school and the student's freedom of choice had the most significant effect on motivation. Although, we must be careful with final conclusions as the research group was relatively small.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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