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Technology educators' perceptions of traditional industrial arts programs, purposes and projects

Thomas Earl Kraft, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This study used both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze survey data that identified technology educators' perceptions of traditional industrial arts programs, purposes and projects. Three hundred and fourteen respondents participated in the nationwide study. ^ The purpose of this study was to determine whether technology educators perceived traditional industrial arts programs, purposes and projects as relevant for today's educational setting. A web based survey instrument of 30 multiple choice plus one open-ended question was employed for the research. Frequencies were reported and ANOVA testing was used to compare differences between states, gender, age and educational specialties. All ANOVA test statistics were non-significant at the p < .05 level, except two. Significant differences were attributed to the use of traditional course descriptors of woodworking, metalworking and drafting that are considered passe in certain settings. ^ This study found strong support for traditional industrial arts programs, purposes and projects. Findings from the qualitative data indicate that many technology educators are blending traditional industrial arts with contemporary technology education. The study recommends this mixing approach as a means of retaining the best practices of hands-on learning from the past with new computer driven technologies of the present. ^

Subject Area

Education, Technology of|Education, Curriculum and Instruction|Education, Vocational

Recommended Citation

Kraft, Thomas Earl, "Technology educators' perceptions of traditional industrial arts programs, purposes and projects" (2001). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3016317.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3016317

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