ERIC Number: ED248400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Multicultural Preparation for Industrial Arts Teachers. Final Report.
Baker, Glenn E.
A project was conducted in Texas to accomplish the following objectives: (1) identify problem areas encountered by exploratory industrial arts teachers when working with multicultural/bilingual students; (2) devise teaching strategies to develop and implement language/culture sensitive exploratory industrial arts curriculum materials; and (3) identify techniques for disseminating these strategies in inservice and preservice teacher education settings. An extensive literature search showed few materials that were applicable to specific subjects and were readily adaptable for Texas. Therefore, a workshop was conducted to explore the needs of exploratory industrial arts teachers when working with bilingual/multicultural students. Participants from the fields of industrial arts, multicultural/bilingual education, vocational education, and curriculum and instruction were solicited for input concerning both the development and implementation of materials based upon the perceived needs. The workshop generated a list of specific competencies to be used as a guide to develop materials. In addition, pilot study workshops were conducted by project staff to solicit grassroots input into the development and implementation of the instructional materials and to sensitive teachers and supervisors to the problems. Materials were then created and disseminated in several workshops throughout the state. However, although participants felt that project content and materials were helpful, few teachers participated, and few professionals felt that the topic was of importance. Although project materials were to be disseminated, the project staff felt that it was unlikely that the materials would be used until the issue is addressed on a broad scale. (KC)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Industrial Arts, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, Material Development, Mexican American Education, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Multicultural Textbooks, Secondary Education, Social Discrimination, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Trade and Industrial Education, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Industrial Education.