How do primary school pupils conceive technology and its use in everyday life?
Christina Solomonidou, Athanassios Tasios, University of Thessaly, Greece
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The study investigated primary school students' representations about daily life technologies (DLT), by using a phenomenographic method in two stages. During the first stage 300 Greek primary school students were asked an open-ended question about what DLT meant to them. Data analysis showed that the most reported technologies were Information and Communication Technologies, followed by domestic appliances, telecommunications and transportation means. In order to refine students' thinking about technology and DLT, a second stage of research was conducted with personal interviews with 60 primary school students from the initial sample. The analysis of the data collected revealed that the basic criterion students used for characterizing an object or a process as technology is its modern character and especially its relevance with Information and Communication Technologies.
Solomonidou, C. & Tasios, A. (2005). How do primary school pupils conceive technology and its use in everyday life?. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1916-1923). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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