Promoting Girls' Interest in Technology through Technology Education: A Research Study

Mammes, Ingelore
May 2004
International Journal of Technology & Design Education;May2004, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p89
Academic Journal
The article summarises the design and outcome of an inquiry into the promotion of interest in technology by technology education. The reason for the present study is the low proportion of women in technical occupations, studies or subjects. Such a marked gender difference leads to different ways of life which discriminate against women. It is necessary, therefore, to search for the underlying causes and to take measures in order to support technological activities. The aim of the German study was to determine differences in the interests of girls and boys in technology and to support interest more widely in technology by technology education. The study was conducted in a class in the third year of elementary education. At first, differences between girls and boys in the intensity and gearing of interest in technology were determined by a survey. After exposure of a `treatment Group' to technology education, the effects of such education were established by mean of a second survey. The results of the first and second survey were compared. The results show that the interests of girls and boys were aroused by technology education. Furthermore, gender differences are reduced significantly. The findings of this study suggest that it is essential to intensify technology education in elementary school because it is the earliest opportunity for curriculum intervention.


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