Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Technology Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICTE),pp.121-132(2001), Deajon, Jorea

The Relationship between Teachers' Goals and Inclusion of
Learning Opportunities for Problem Solving



@Seventy-eight Japanese technology teachers' goals and their curriculum development were investigated in this study.
@Results show that having students acquire the basic skills for their technological activities was the main goal of Japanese teachers. Also, teachers who took students' personalities into account embraced the design process as a learning opportunity for problem solving. However, teachers who made much of students' understanding of the social impact of technology adopted the scientific process in their curriculum rather than the design process.
@This suggests that the inclusion of learning opportunities for problem solving depended on differences in teachers' goals toward technology education.

Keywords: teachers' goals, learning opportunities, problem solving, technology education, Japan