ERIC Number: ED181313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Project to Design, Develop, Implement, Test, Evaluate and Disseminate an Associate Degree Curriculum to Train Solar Engineering Technicians.
Lowenstein, Michael Z.; Orsak, Charles
Phase 1 of a project in curriculum design and course development identified and is now developing a two-year solar engineering curriculum in response to the immediate need for trained solar manpower as indicated by research. The student-centered curriculum involves courses flowing from device to theory, intermixing of support and technical courses in sequencing, and hands-on laboratory experience. Navarro College and three other cooperating two-year colleges have developed the curriculum for solar engineering technicians as well as course descriptions and are developing the proposed solar courses. Support courses were selected to provide prerequisite skills or knowledge, to satisfy requirements for associate degree programs, and to assure balance between technical, laboratory courses and academic preparation. The course outline provides for an integrated laboratory lecture format with general goal statements, titled modules, specific performance objectives, and laboratory activities. The program is designed for high school graduates who will attend college full-time and those currently employed desiring skill upgrading. Instructors will be regular college faculty and technical and vocational instructors hired specifically to teach the technical solar courses. A national advisory committee provides guidance and evaluation. The remainder of phase 1 will include completion, editing, printing, use, and revision of course guides and the complete curriculum package. (YLB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Experiential Learning, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Retraining, Solar Radiation, Technical Education, Technical Occupations
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Navarro Coll., Corsicana, TX.