Understanding “Technology Intelligence” in Middle School Science Students
Friday, March 11 3:25-3:45 PM
Using Howard Gardner’s work as the backdrop, we examined the characteristics, or “intelligences,” that predisposed middle school science students to facility with technology. Our study, which took place during the 2009-2010 academic year, was conducted in three 6th-grade middle school science classrooms in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The study involved the administration of a Multiple Intelligence inventory at the beginning of a unit of instruction, the introduction of several new technologies into classroom instruction, and the use of teamwork for collaborative, problem-based learning activities. At the conclusion of the study, the classroom teacher administered a technology scale, which attempted to assess student efficacy for learning new technologies. Results indicated that bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (Body Smart) was the single best predictor of technology efficacy.