ERIC Number: ED232013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Updating Teachers for Tomorrow's Technology: Programs & Practices. Research & Development Series No. 241.
Wonacott, Michael E.; Hamilton, James B.
This document reports the results of work in identifying promising approaches to the provision of technological update to vocational/technical teachers, and discusses barriers and facilitators to the use of these approaches. Technological update refers to the technical knowledge and skills needed by vocational/technical teachers to provide students with the up-to-date technological preparation needed in the current work world. After information was gathered from the field, literature, knowledgeable observers, and vocational education institutions and agencies, researchers applied cost-effectiveness, complexity and locus of administrative control criteria to select those approaches that offer promise for secondary and postsecondary vocational/technical teachers. These approaches are described in general terms, and descriptions are provided of specific programs that exemplify each approach. Two different kinds of approaches were identified and are reported in the document. First, six specific delivery techniques are described: work experience internships; university and college course work; workshops, conferences, and seminars; industry observation; education and industry staff exchange; and part-time employment. Second, three different types of update programs are described: local programs, nonlocal programs, and industry training and updating programs. The result is nine descriptions of promising approaches to the task of providing technological update, each with its own potential for providing update, administrative characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and barriers and facilitators. The need for further research on locating and generating funds for updating programs is suggested. (KC)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Industrial Training, Inservice Teacher Education, Internship Programs, Models, Part Time Employment, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Employment, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Workshops, Technological Advancement, Work Experience Programs
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (Order No. RD241--$5.75).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.