ERIC Number: ED382848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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A Study of the Awareness Level of Electric Vehicle Technology in California Community College Automotive Curriculums.
California automotive technician programs were surveyed regarding their awareness of the impact that mandates of the Clean Air Act would have on their automotive technology programs. A questionnaire was sent to 100 California community colleges with an automotive technology program; 49 usable questionnaires were returned. A possible byproduct of the study was to provoke the thought process of automotive department personnel into initiating new curricula that included electric vehicle technology. Survey results indicated that most college administrators were not aware of the fact that a Clean Air Act mandate existed. Those who were aware had no plans to offer an electric vehicle program in their college. In fact, the majority of administrators had no plans to offer an electric vehicle program, but many did concede to including electric vehicle technology in a limited fashion in selected auto technology classes. To develop a successful electric vehicle program, the colleges indicated they would need 17-22 students enrolled in the program. A chi-square comparison indicated that most college administrators would consider it a benefit to include electric vehicle technology in their automotive programs, yet most were not going to initiate a program. (Appendixes include the cover letter and questionnaire, and the percentage of scores for all survey questions. Contains 12 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: California Community Colleges; Clean Air Act (California 1977); Electric Vehicles
Note: Master of Science Thesis, Ferris State University.