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Evaluation of a technology curriculum in prevocational education

Olde Daalhuis, Maud (2019) Evaluation of a technology curriculum in prevocational education.

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Abstract:To stimulate the conceptions of- and attitudes towards technology within prevocational education, a curriculum was developed. This study focuses on the evaluation of this curriculum. A single case-study was used to investigate the impact of the curriculum on a group of students’ conceptions and attitudes towards technology, and aspects of the implementation process that contribute to this impact. Impact was measured by use of a questionnaire that students fill in before and after implementation. These two measurements were compared by use of a Wilcoxon Signed-Ranks Test. Implementation evaluation entailed documented lesson observations and semi-structured interviews with students and the teacher. Data matrix for intra-case analysis was used to analyze the documentations. Results show that a significant positive impact has been found on the attitude 'the extent to which students enjoy technology'. The learning content and activities such as the appealing assignment and creative and physical design tasks within a social setting seem to have had an impact on the degree of 'enjoyment' that students experienced. Results suggest that the role of the teacher has influenced a lack of impact on the other six dimensions of attitudes and conception. Nonetheless, the results provide input to develop and evaluate future technology curricula.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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