ERIC Number: ED215112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Study of the Automotive Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Course. Research Report.
Smith, Robert H.
An evaluation of the automotive engineering pre-apprenticeship course, as found in technical colleges in New South Wales, Australia, was conducted to gather information from pre-apprentice and day-release students concerning student background factors, teaching processes within the course, outcomes of attendance in the course, and course effectiveness. A sample of 73 pre-apprentice students and 60 day-release students at five colleges were administered questionnaires and tests of mechanical aptitude and learning achievement. It was found that a high proportion of the pre-apprentice sample had obtained employment by September of the year following the completion of the pre-apprenticeship course, the majority as automotive mechanics; therefore, this employment rate may well be an indicator of course effectiveness. When compared with the day-release sample, the pre-apprentice students were more satisfied with their course, particularly as regards teaching methods and working conditions at the college. Most of the pre-apprentice students saw their course as relevant and interesting, and as having met their job aspirations. The day-release students, however, were critical of the teaching of skills for their present jobs. Neither the pre-apprentice sample nor the day-release sample made a significant gain in self-confidence; it was concluded that more emphasis should be given to teaching this objective, since the pre-apprentice students said they would like greater emphasis on this topic. The overall conclusion of the study was that many of the pre-apprentice students had benefited by their attendance in the course--a large portion had obtained jobs in their field. (KC)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Auto Mechanics, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
New South Wales Department of Technical and Further Education, 323 Castlereagh St., Sydney, NSW, Australia 2000 (no charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of Technical and Further Education, Sydney (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales); Preapprenticeship Programs