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|Title: ||Perceptions of Technological Competencies in Elementary Technology Education|
|Authors: ||Thomson, Carole J.|
|Issue Date: ||1995|
|Publisher: ||© Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||THOMSON and HOUSEHOLDER, 1995. Perceptions of Technological Competencies in Elementary Technology Education. IDATER 1995 Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University|
|Abstract: ||Perceptions of technology are often confused with attitudes towards technology. While these are closely related, they need to be distinguished to promote a common understanding and a degree of consensus. This paper discusses two investigations into perceptions of technology and attitudes toward technology.
In the first study, conducted in Scotland, groups of people were surveyed for their perceptions of technology with a view to finding a common agenda for debate on the educational potential of technology and its attendant implications for learning and teaching. The results are discussed for individual groups, comparisons are made between groups, and a direct comparison is made between two groups of children of similar age but with different technological experiences. Only tentative conclusions are made since further research for this study, through questionnaires and interviews, will be carried out over the next two years.
In the second study, conducted in the United States, seventh grade students completed a survey on their perceptions of and attitudes toward technology. Detailed analysis is presented of their responses to items dealing with technology, computers, and videos. This study, also, is continuing, so the results of the case study are considered to be tentative.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Appears in Collections:||IDATER Archive|
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