ERIC Number: ED229546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Tool and Equipment Inventory.
Lewis, James P.; Burrows, Robert T.
This study was conducted to provide information on equipment needs, the extent of planning to upgrade equipment, and technological advancements necessary to continue providing quality training to entry-level students and incumbent workers. The results were based on a 98 percent return from 72 area vocational-technical school directors, 17 community college occupational deans, and 12 administrators of vocational programs at selected comprehensive high schools in Pennsylvania. Data were collected by mail from July 1982 to January 1983. Some of the results of the study were as follows: (1) in general, vocational education institutions do not use a formal or systematic process to replace and update tools and equipment; (2) federal, state, and private contributions account for about 50 percent of the funds used to purchase new equipment; (3) the current mean dollar value of tools and equipment used in vocational schools is $1.812 million; (4) 53 percent of the schools' tools and equipment are over 10 years old, and about one-fourth of them are no longer current with the technology used in industry; (5) $77 million would be needed for updating tools and equipment, but only about 14 percent of that amount is spent for this purpose annually; and (6) almost all vocational schools surveyed are involved at some level in implementing or planning for the 13 selected advanced technologies (e.g., microprocessing technology, word processing, energy-saving devices, robotics, etc.) Based on the study, implementation of a systematic long-range plan for keeping tools and equipment current was recommended and more long-term and private funds were suggested as sources for funding such a program. The survey instrument, a list of participating schools, and summary tables are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.