PATT-14: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Pupils Attitude Toward Technology, pp.97-104, Albuquerque, NM, U.S. (2004)
Students' Interests and
Decision-Making in the
Learning of "Social Impact of Technology"
Jun Moriyama, Kentaro Shiratani & Masashi Matsuura
The purpose of this study is to analyze the structure of junior high
school students' interests in technology as it relates to society and daily
life. We examine the criteria they use to make decisions regarding technology
and how this affects their learning in the "Social Impact of
Technology" unit of their technology class.
The results of the investigation, which was conducted on 214 junior high school students, indicated three factors that constructed their interests: F1:"Environmental destruction and conservation", F2:"Bright and dark sides of technology" and F3:"Utilization and exhaustion of natural resources". These factors included both advantages and disadvantages of the utilization of technology in our society. Also, the second investigation, which was conducted on 211 junior high school students, indicated two criteria studentsf used to assess technology. The negative criteria included such considerations as grestriction on useh, gdangers, accidents and casesh and gpublic opinionh. The positive criteria included such considerations as gfuture view of technologyh and ginfluences on production systemsh. It is suggested that turning students' attention to these points will affect their assessment of technology. From these results, some strategies for designing learning activities for gSocial impact of technologyh are suggested.
Learning of the Impact of Technology, Studentsf Interests, Studentsf
assessment of technology, Criteria