ERIC Number: ED253729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education in Technology Programs: Is It Working?
Savage, Ernest N.; Streichler, Jerry
A study examined the nature, status, and trends in the delivery of technical content and instructional methods courses to prepare industrial arts teachers. The members of the Mississippi Valley Industrial Teacher Education Conference were used as a representative group for the preliminary survey. Data collected from the individuals indicated that most schools (86 percent) offer industrial teacher education programs within an academic unit that offers technology programs. Most schools do not offer special technical content courses designed exclusively for technology majors or for those preparing to teach. Approximately 90 percent of the schools offer one or more professional teaching or curriculum courses to those preparing to become industrial teachers. Of those schools, over 90 percent include experiences and activities in the technologies contained in the content of such methods courses. It was concluded that including those preparing to become industrial teachers in comprehensive technology programs that also prepare other types of professionals has several advantages. For example, this practice results in increased course and section offerings, affords students the opportunity to select in-depth specialized courses, enables future teachers to study with potentially better qualified faculty, and frequently results in enriched career development opportunities for them. (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Delivery Systems, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Industrial Arts Teachers, Methods Courses, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Regional Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Technology Education Association (San Diego, CA, March 29, 1985).