ERIC Number: ED222647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Study into the Possible Use of Mobile Laboratories for Junior High School Industrial Arts and Home Economics.
Tkachuk, M. W.
A study was conducted in Alberta (Canada) to determine the feasibility of using mobile industrial education and home economics laboratories to provide on-site instructional facilities for junior high schools that do not have sufficient populations to warrant the construction of more permanent laboratories. Information was sought on the flexibility of such mobile units in terms of programs, the ease of mobility of the units, the durability of the units, the costs of investing in mobile units, and the extended costs of using the units. After investigation of these factors, it was decided that mobile laboratories have the potential to facilitate the delivery of similar educational opportunities to the less urbanized areas of the province. It was found that the possibilities extend beyond the industrial education and home economics programs at the junior high school level into many other courses where manipulative hardware is an integral part of the course. Examples of other subjects include typing, microprocessing, and the whole range of prevocational and vocational programs. Use of mobile laboratories is a viable delivery system; use of such a system is a matter of personal perspective. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.