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The social and educational factors impacting attitudes about technology for female students in the fifth and eighth grades

The purpose of this study was to examine the social and educational factors impacting attitudes about technology for female students in the fifth and eighth grade. The survey was given to fifth grade students and eighth grade students in the same district in the central valley of California. Focus groups were conducted with both the fifth and eighth grade students in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the survey results. The results of the survey and focus groups showed that both fifth and eighth grade students felt comfortable in their ability to use technology and used technology on a regular basis. The fifth grade students expressed fewer negative stereotypes about people interested in technology. The fifth grade students reported greater excitement and interest in the idea of technology education and a future career in technology. A discussion of the result is presented, along with implications of the findings.

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