ERIC Number: ED169226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Feasibility of the Utah Model for Industrial Arts for Serving a Career Exploration Purpose in Middle and Junior High Schools. Final Report.
Hanisch, Ronald M.; And Others
An assessment team of three industrial arts educators was sent to Utah to evaluate the Industrial Arts Career Exploration (IACE) program. Since its inception in 1975, the program has been implemented in thirty-eight of the state's middle and junior high schools. The major objectives of IACE are to reorient and expand the curriculum of the traditional industrial arts program; to incorporate the educational realities of four industrial-based career clusters (construction, manufacturing, transportation, and industrial communication); and to provide individualized, student-centered, career-related "hands-on" learning experiences. Enthusiasm and support for the program are high on both the student and administrative levels. Economically, IACE has developed at minimal cost. Essentially, it is effective in meeting its career exploration goals, although it does suffer some limitations: (1) the selection of occupations included appears to be arbitrary and too small in number; (2) it fails to establish links between industrial skills and broader career concerns or general consumer interests; and (3) it lacks a careful evaluation of its educational effects. The assessment team developed a list of recommendations, which includes the following: development of a master plan for all levels of industrial arts career exploration; legislation and a national policy from the U.S. Office of Education to encourage improved industrial arts education; further study of and continued funding for the IACE program; and specific activities to be added to the program. (ELG)
Descriptors: Building Trades, Career Education, Career Exploration, Communications, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Failure, Individualized Instruction, Industrial Arts, Industrial Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Manufacturing Industry, Occupational Clusters, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Success, Transportation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Industrial Arts Association, Washington, DC.