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ERIC Number: ED001172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 143
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CURRICULA CONTENT FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION.
SCHILL, WILLIAM
THE TECHNICIAN IS NOT A RETRAINED CRAFTSMAN NOR A FLUNKED-OUT ENGINEERING STUDENT. HE IS A NEW AND UNIQUE ASPECT OF TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY. THREE LEVELS OF TECHNICIANS ARE DESCRIBED--THE ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN, THE INDUSTRIAL TECHNICIAN, AND THE TECHNICAL SPECIALIST. THERE IS A LARGE GAP BETWEEN ABSTRACT ENGINEERING AND PRODUCTION, AND THE TECHNICIAN SHOULD BRIDGE THIS GAP. THE CURRENT SHORTAGE OF TECHNICIANS, AND INDUSTRY'S PREFERENCE FOR TRAINED PERSONNEL, SERVE AS MUTE EVIDENCE THAT CURRENT AND PAST PRACTICES OF DETERMINING CURRICULUM CONTENT ARE LESS THAN SATISFACTORY. THE BASIC INSTRUMENT USED TO COLLECT DATA WAS A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE Q-SORT TECHNIQUE. CARDS WERE DEVELOPED TO REPRESENT THE CONTENT OF COURSES TAKEN BY TECHNICIANS IN PREPARATION FOR VARIOUS JOBS. ASSESSING THE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF THE RESPONDENTS HELPED TO CLARIFY SOME OF MANAGEMENT'S VIEWPOINTS CONCERNING HIRING PRACTICES. HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE GOOD BUT THE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE PROGRAM, WITH ITS EMPHASIS ON SCIENCE AND MATH, IS MORE IN LINE WITH THE NEEDS OF TECHNICIAN-POSITIONS. ANALYSES WERE USED TO IDENTIFY THE CORE PROGRAM AND SPECIFIC AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE RELATED TO THE SEPARATE TECHNOLOGIES. THE CORE PROGRAM KNOWLEDGES WERE FOUND TO INCLUDE TECHNICAL WRITING, ENGINEERING GRAPHICS, MATH THROUGH TRIGONOMETRY, AND THE USE OF TEST EQUIPMENT. THE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT, THROUGH SIMILARITY OF CURRICULUM, THE REQUIREMENTS OF TECHNOLOGY ARE INCLUDED IN THE ACADEMIC OFFERINGS OF THE TYPICAL JUNIOR COLLEGE.
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Urbana)