ERIC Number: ED105111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
VAST [Vocational Adult Secondary Training] Development Project. Phase 1, Final Report.
British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.; Department of Manpower and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).
This final four-part report describes and evaluates the Vocational Adult Secondary Training Project (VAST) whose goals were to revise and develop: adult basic education curriculum in the areas of mathematics, communications, and science; individualized instruction with clearly defined objectives; a methodology for pretesting and selection of programs suited to the needs of students; the integration of life skills training in the oral communication program; and practice in group projects. Part A describes the program in which a comparison was run between two demonstration classes (implementing the revised curriculum) and regular classes. From pretesting and the final evaluation, based on a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), it was found that the demonstration classes progressed in less time than the regular classes. Enumerated conclusions and recommendations focus on the mechanics of the program. The student and instructor manuals; student opinion and learning resource surveys; sample units in mathematics, science, and communications; a list of required commercial learning resources; and statistical data are appended. Parts B, C, and D offer respectively the mathematics, communications, and science curriculum guides included contain individual lessons complete with objectives, procedures, suggested resources, and pretesting and testing forms. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Reading Programs, Communication Skills, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Guides, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Programs, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics, Program Evaluation, Reports, Sciences, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation, Testing
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.; Department of Manpower and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).