PATT-14: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Pupils Attitude Toward Technology, pp.97-104, Albuquerque, NM,  U.S. (2004)

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Students' Interests and Decision-Making in the
Learning of "Social Impact of Technology"

Jun Moriyama, Kentaro Shiratani & Masashi Matsuura

 Abstract

       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 studentsf used to assess technology. The negative criteria included such considerations as grestriction on useh, gdangers, accidents and casesh and gpublic opinionh. The positive criteria included such considerations as gfuture view of technologyh and ginfluences on production systemsh. 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 technologyh are suggested.

Keywords: Learning of the Impact of Technology, Studentsf Interests, Studentsf assessment of technology, Criteria

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