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This paper summarises the findings of a study which captured and compared the conceptions of
Technology held by students in a City Technology College and a Rural Comprehensive School.
The first section provides a brief overview of the methodology which was adopted. The second section
reports the major findings of the comparative study. The two student populations cannot be differentiated
by virtue of the range of conceptions which one group holds being distinct from those of the other.
However; a comparison is made based on the extent to which students in a school tend towards a common
conception. The third section considers the learning environment and curriculum of the city technology
college in relation to the TEC-Lab project reported by Householder and Bolin (1993) and questions if this
influences students’ awareness of technology.