Gender and technology in Hong Kong: A study of pupils' attitudes toward technology

Kenneth Scott VOLK, Wai Ming YIP

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Abstract

Attitudes play an important role in guiding and predicting future actions. In Hong Kong, where traditional attitudes regarding female and male roles often clash with more-modern influences, students' negative or positive attitudes toward technology have obvious implications for their participatory role in society. This paper reports on a study of Hong Kong Pupils' Attitudes Toward Technology. Items in a survey distributed to nearly 3,500 junior secondary school students were used to gauge their attitudes toward several areas of technology. Questions related to parents' careers and domestic influences were also asked. The analysis revealed that significant differences existed between girls and boys in many of the items. For instance, the importance of taking technical subjects such as Design & Technology (D&T) was found to be significant in their attitudes about technology being an activity for both genders. Similarly, students' interest in technology, attitudes about technology in the school curriculum, and ideas about careers related to technology showed significant differences between girls and boys. Given the results of the study, changes in Hong Kong's secondary school D&T are proposed. Current strategies being developed in Hong Kong's D&T teacher preparation programs are also outlined. Copyright © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-71
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999

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Volk, K. S., & Yip, W. M. (1999). Gender and technology in Hong Kong: A study of pupils' attitudes toward technology. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 9(1), 57-71.

Keywords

  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Hong Kong
  • Secondary schools
  • Attitudes towards technology