ERIC Number: ED255653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Equipment in a Changing Economic Era.
Huber, Lester W.
A study examined the condition of equipment used in secondary and adult vocational education programs in Ohio. Data were collected concerning the educational equipment used to provide vocational education in 19 subject areas by 41 selected schools throughout Ohio. The principal sources of data for the study were an inventory questionnaire, site visits, interviews with local business and industry personnel, and a literature review. The status of equipment varied widely by school as well as by program, with the greatest need for equipment being evident in smaller vocational districts where officials have trouble passing levies. It was recommended that policies, procedures, and resources be developed to provide, install, and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and accessories needed for vocational education, including equipment for assessment laboratories and service to disabled individuals. Practitioners were urged to adjust curricula and individual programs to provide needed instruction in the use of computers and to explore the possibilities of making more flexible and efficient use of equipment through competency-based instruction. The multiple use of assessment laboratories by related schools was encouraged. It was suggested that high school and postsecondary vocational institutions develop and implement plans for articulation between the institutions in the use of facilities and equipment. (The inventory questionnaire is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Business Education, Educational Equipment, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Needs, Equipment Evaluation, Equipment Standards, Equipment Utilization, Facility Requirements, Needs Assessment, Office Occupations Education, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Shared Facilities, Shared Services, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Advisory Council for Vocational Education, Columbus.