An explorative study of the Swedish Technology subject from the teacher’s perspective
2015 (English)In: PATT 29 Plurality and Complementarity of Approaches in Design & Technology Education, Marseille, France, April 2015 / [ed] Marjolaine Chatoney, Marseille: Presses Universitaires de Provence , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
In this study Swedish teachers’ views of the technology subject and technology teaching are examined. Investigations made the last few years show that there are deficiencies in the technology teaching in Swedish schools - e.g. lack of time in the timetable, low status, non-certified teachers and lack of materials. The subject is young, compared to other subjects, and the teachers have different backgrounds and different technological knowledge. Educational research in general tells us that the teacher has a great impact on the pupils and their learning situation. Therefore, the aim is to examine how Swedish Technology teachers experience and view the subject and its teaching.
The study is quantitative and based on a web based inquiry. 1153 teachers participated. The participants teach, or taught, technology in Swedish compulsory schools. The data was analysed with the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software. In order to examine the teacher’s experience consisting of different underlying factors, an exploratory factor analysis was performed on 18 statements from the inquiry. The result of the analysis shows that there are four underlying factors; 1 Technology education is important, 2 Good conditions for technology education, 3 Syllabus is in focus for technology education and 4 Confidence, interest and technology education of the teacher. “Technology education is important” has the highest mean, which indicates that most of the teachers do find Technology important. The lowest mean is found in “Good conditions for technology education”, it shows that the respondents were not satisfied with the circumstances in their school. The factors are a help for a wider understanding of the teachers experience. Further investigations of the factors and the statistical material will follow, with ambitions to find out if there are some preconditions that explain why teachers have different views of the factors found in this first part.
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Marseille: Presses Universitaires de Provence , 2015.
Technology education, technology teachers, teachers’ attitude, factor analysis
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