Presentation on theme: "Technology Education is More Than Just Computers"— Presentation transcript:
1 Technology Education is More Than Just Computers Ken Volk, Ph.D.Masdar Institute of Science & Technology
2 Technology Education is not Educational Technology Technology DefinedEngineering uses the design process to produce workable solutions.Technology is output of engineering.Science focuses on the natural world, with the output being knowledge.Technology Education is not Educational Technology
3 Technology Education Experiential Learning More than hearing & seeing! Hands-on problem solving!Applies math and science!Use of tools, materials and engineering design techniques!Solar Hotdog Cookers
4 Attitudes & Technology A person’s negative orpositive feelings thatinfluence their behaviorBased on:Knowledge,ExperienceIdeasShaped by interactions with technology(parents, teachers, friends, culture, etc, too!)Chestnuthilllocal.com
5 Pupils’ Attitudes Toward Technology PATT-UAE Grade 8 students in the UAE21 public and 12 private schoolsOver 1800 students participatedAre there differences that exist between boys’ and girls’ attitudes toward technology?Are there differences between pupils’ attitudes toward technology from UAE public and private schools?
6 PATT-UAE Demographics and technological home climate 58 Statements about technologyExample statements:Interest I like to read technological magazinesRole Pattern Boys are able to do practical things better than girlsDifficulty You have to be smart to study technologyConsequences The world would be a better place without technologyCurriculum Technology lessons are importantCareer I would enjoy a job in technology
7 PATT RESULTS - DEMOGRAPHICS Cross Comparisons of Gender with Student Characteristicsand Home EnvironmentPublicPrivateSchools (in %)Boys (n=449)Girls (=608)=411)=375)Extent father’s job has to do with technologyVery much9.4126.96.36.199Much19.926.557.357.2Little22.628.315.612.6Very little188.8.131.52Not working184.108.40.206Extent mother’s job has to do with technology220.127.116.111.06.68.111.918.510.713.016.818.104.22.1687.545.042.0Will choose a technological professionYes63.461.964.850.9No36.622.214.171.124
8 Public Schools t Tests on Student Characteristics - Public Schools Interest inTechnologyRole PatternTechnology isDifficultConsequencesof TechnologySchoolCurriculumCareerAspirationsGenderBoys (449)2.323.003.092.272.382.41Girls (608)2.372.643.082.122.42Significance**Choose technologicalprofessionYes (653)2.212.753.112.092.242.17No (376)2.582.873.042.362.86**p<=0.05NOTE: Lower number = more positive attitudes
9 Private SchoolsNOTE: Lower number = more positive attitudes
10 Discussion Students from public schools Girls from private schools Generally not as positive as private schools about-DifficultyRole patternSchool curriculumConsequences of technologyGirls from private schoolsnot as positive about-InterestCareer aspirationsConstructing working model Wind Turbines
11 To Teach About Technology (#1) Have Technology Education as separate subjectTraditional:CommunicationPower & EnergyGraphic CommunicationSustainabilityClass project to tackle sustainability challengeBuild, test monitor photovoltaic systemRobotics and Control TechnologyLEGO RoboticsRobot Olympiad competition
12 To Teach About Technology (#2) Have Technology Education as STEMScience, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsIntegrate instruction and activitiesEncouragesCreative-problem solvingHands-on experiencesUse of variety of tools, materials, processes, etcEmphasizesProcess and design of solutionsRather than solutions themselves!
13 To Teach About Technology (#3) Have Technology Education - Modified STEMConcentrates “T” & “”E’ in ScienceScience already has lab approachStudy of scientists and grad students recommended-More hands-on learningMore real and applied problem
14 ConclusionCannot assume technology education will influence attitudes, but........ has potential as a subject, through hands-on creative problem-solving activities, to provide meaningful interdisciplinary learning experiences about technology to all students.KV