Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Industrial Education and Technology
William D. Wolansky
This study presents the findings of a state-wide study of vocational high school students enrolled in the first year Principles of Technology curriculum in public high schools in the state of Iowa during the 1987-1988 school year. Six hundred sixty-seven subjects were involved in the assessment of how well the Principles of Technology objectives were being met in the state;Five research questions and one statistical hypothesis were investigated. Additionally, several student characteristics (gender, grade level (junior, senior), and school enrollment size (small, medium, large) were investigated to determine whether these variables had a significant impact on the adjusted posttest achievement scores regarding basic physics concepts, as measured by the Technology Test;From the information gained through the analysis and findings of the study, the following conclusions were drawn: (1) Enrollment in first year Principles of Technology contributed significantly to student achievement in the acquisition of basic physics concepts. (2) Enrollment in first year Principles of Technology, and being a member of either sex, made no significant difference in the adjusted posttest achievement scores. (3) Enrollment in first year Principles of Technology by grade level made no significant difference in the adjusted posttest adjusted scores. (4) Enrollment in first year Principles of Technology by grade level (junior, senior) and school enrollment size (small, medium, large) contributed significantly to the acquisition of basic physics concepts.
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Hall, Dolores, "Principles of technology: a summative evaluation of student achievement in the first year " (1989). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 9048.