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The international Understanding and Providing a Developmental Approach to Technology Education (UPDATE) project is studying more effective methods of technology education to increase the number of women in the technology industry.

UPDATE wants to encourage gender sensitivity in technology education, says project coordinator Paivi Fadjukoff from the University of Jyvaskyla. The International Journal of Technology and Design Education features an article, written by a research team led by Aki Rasinen at Jyvaskyla, that addresses the issue. In the article the researchers conclude that teachers' lack of confidence in providing high-quality technology education is a key problem, and that technology and science education needs to be made more of an integral part of the training of elementary school teachers.

Another article in the journal says the utilization of creativity and play in teaching raised the interest of both boys and girls in technology, and proposes techniques for integrating technology education in early childhood education.

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