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Title: Soft and hard technologies in technology education
Authors: Siu, KWM 
Wong, YL
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Information Science Reference
Source: In VCX Wang (Ed.), Handbook of research on education and technology in a changing society, p. 625-638. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2014 How to cite?
Abstract: There is a common misconception that technology is limited to physical devices (i.e., hard technology). However, technology also includes soft technology, which is concerned with human and social factors. The emphasis on hard technology has prevented technology education from widening its scope and thus catering to the needs of a changing society. This chapter first briefly identifies the common definitions of soft and hard technologies. It then argues that technology education should emphasize both hard and soft technologies. Through a case study of Hong Kong, the chapter identifies the issues surrounding the inclusion of soft technology in the technology curriculum. The issues comprise the outdated perceptions of the government and schools with respect to technology, teachers' backgrounds, and students' abilities. The chapter then proposes recommendations and suggestions for resolving these issues. The future trend of an all-round and balanced approach toward hard and soft technology in technology education is discussed.
ISBN: 1466660473 (electronic bk.)
9781466660472 (electronic bk.)
1466660465 (hardback)
9781466660465 (hardback)
146666049X (print & perpetual access)
9781466660496 (print & perpetual access)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6046-5.ch046
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