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Enhancing Technology Education at Surf Science: A Collaborative, Problem-Oriented Approach to Learning Design, Materials and Manufacturing of Surfboards

Author(s): Jaromir Audy

Journal: Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education
ISSN 1305-8223

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Technology Education | Surf Science | Problem-Oriented Approach | Learning Design | Materials | Manufacturing

This paper presents the results of a study on the influence of blackboard assistance andlecturer’s initiative on student’s achievements (measured via quality of individualisedsurfboards). In addition it looks at student attitudes to project related issues in technologyeducation, derived from the pre-test and post-test experiments and surveys. Theresearcher employed a 2-group design with two pre-tests and one post-test experimentalscenario. The results were analysed for homogeneity of variances and means by usingFisher test and t-test, respectively. It was found that the students from pre-test(blackboard-oriented) group achieved the 17% lower score and the 70% greater variationsin score variances compared to the data obtained from the post-test (supervisor guidedand video-enhanced) group. Furthermore, the students from the latter group believedthey were better prepared for solving technically oriented problems in design andproduction. They also appreciated help from experienced supervisors and video-links, andreported more satisfaction with their individually designed surfboards.
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