ERIC Number: ED236358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Skills Update Needs of Teachers in High Technology Programs in Georgia.
Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Dept. of Vocational and Career Development.
A project was undertaken to assess the needs for skills and knowledge among Georgia's high technology teachers and to develop a model for meeting those needs. During the project, 52 teachers involved in teaching electronics, electromechanical, and mechanical courses at six pilot high technology schools were assessed. Included among the processes used to gather information on the teachers' deficiencies in high tech subject areas were a review of existing program information, a review of state-of-the-art programs, a review of literature, a consultation with industry, and a series of meetings with the 52 teachers themselves. While these data sources indicated that Georgia's technical school teachers involved in high technology programs are educationally well qualified for their jobs, a considerable need exists to provide teachers with experiences and support services to maintain their level of expertise and to stay up to date in their field. In response to this need, it is recommended that the Georgia State Department of Education conduct routine skills assessments and staff development activities for high technology teachers and that the state adopt a student to teacher ratio formula and class schedule that will permit at least one high technology teacher per quarter per department to be free for research, study, and/or update activities. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Electromechanical Technology, Electronics, Inservice Teacher Education, Mechanics (Process), Models, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Skills, Technical Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Dept. of Vocational and Career Development.
Identifiers: Georgia; High Technology