Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1989

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Industrial Education and Technology

First Advisor

William D. Wolansky

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-8978

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Dolores Hall

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9003528

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

140 pages

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