ERIC Number: ED169222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Unified Technical Concepts - Phase I. (Modularizing Instructional Materials Using Applications of Technical Concepts). Final Report.
Technical Education Research Center, Waco, TX.
To evolve a new methodology and system for teaching physics to students aspiring to become (or to become more competent as) technicians in a variety of technologies, this research and development effort was initiated. The project's thesis stemmed from a notion that the study of physics would be more accepted and assimilated by students if concepts were systematically unified and presented in practical examples directly related to the technology under study. Appropriate subject matter was unified under twelve concepts; instructional materials were prepared to introduce and apply the concepts. Applications were limited in scope to a single energy system (electrical, mechanical, fluidal, and thermal). Following this plan of concepts and applications, 130 pamphlets (modules) of instructional materials were prepared. Appropriate portions of these materials were used in three different technology programs in three different postsecondary technical schools. Initial indications suggest that the thesis and materials are valid. A follow-on project is to provide additional materials and further use-analyses in technical schools and in industrial training programs. (Appendixes include  example concept module: 3-0, "Work and Energy,"  example application module: 6T2 "Heat Flow through Insulation,"  module control forms,  modules used in experimental instructional programs, and  a pamphlet: "Unified Technical Concepts.") (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Conceptual Schemes, Educational Research, Electromechanical Technology, Energy, Instructional Materials, Job Skills, Laboratory Technology, Learning Modules, Material Development, Methods Research, Physics, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Reports, Science Curriculum, Skill Development, Technical Education, Unified Studies Curriculum
Technical Education Research Center - Southwest, 4201 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, Texas 76710 ($8.00; concept modules, $0.80; Application Modules, $0.40)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Technical Education Research Center, Waco, TX.
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