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PhD Defence Jan Ardies

posted 7 May 2015, 03:24 by ICO Education   [ updated 7 May 2015, 03:25 ]
May 22, 2015, at 14:00 hours exactly, Jan Ardies (University of Antwerp) will defend his thesis entitled Students’ attitudes towards technology. A cross-sectional and longitudinal study in secondary education . All ICO Members are cordially invited to the PhD graduation ceremony which will take place at the Promotiezaal Klooster van de Grauwzusters of the University of Antwerp

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in all realms of life; in the private sphere, as citizens, as consumers and in work situations. As inhabitants of democratic societies, people are continually being asked to take a stance on socio-technological issues. There are also more macro-economic perspectives that stress the importance of technological literacy in education, namely: the projected shortages in technically educated employees, the strategic global positioning of a national economy and the so called long-term consequences of decreasing trends on innovation and progress in this domain. This attention on technology is noticeable as technology has a place in secondary education curricula all over the world. Also in Flanders technology education is present in curricula and very specific in the first cycle of secondary education as a mandatory subject for all students since the seventies, with the explicit aim to foster the attitudes of students towards technology. Nevertheless it is still unknown what the impact of these classes are on students’ attitudes towards technology. This points out the need to grasp and explain the evolution of these attitudes during the first two years of secondary education. Therefore this phd-research is framed around longitudinal studies in classrooms, focussing on technology classes.

The dissertation starts with the revalidation of an instrument to measure students’ attitudes towards technology and a cross sectional study to determine the main characteristics influencing these attitudes. Six different aspect of attitudes towards technology were taken into account in a multivariate multilevel analysis. Subsequently we took a closer look on students’ evolution in interest and career aspirations for a technological job through the first and second year of secondary education. This longitudinal study followed over 2000 students almost two academic years. In a fourth study we explored the impact of four different classroom activities on students’ interest and career aspirations.

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7 May 2015, 03:25