ERIC Number: ED134840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Metric Conversion in Vocational Education. Final Report. Volume II of Two Volumes.
Feirer, John L.
This volume is the second half of a final report of a project concerned with developing indepth metric teaching units in the areas of carpentry and machine shop, preparing instructional materials to teach metrics in Spanish, and developing three-dimensional metric instructional materials and cassette tapes for persons with reading difficulties and sight handicaps. The volume contains the metric instructional materials developed for persons with reading difficulties and sight handicaps including an article on metrics for the visually impaired, guidelines for developing learning kits to teach metrics to students with low aptitudes or reading difficulties, and a handbook on teaching metrics to the sight handicapped. Conclusions and recommendations from the total project, presented at the end of this volume, emphasize the following: All State and city courses of study in vocational education should be re-evaluated to determine the amount of metrics that should be included in each of these study areas. Plans should be made to provide curriculum makers with up-to-date information on metric standards. Inservice training is essential in a well-planned, coordinated effort of metric conversion in vocational education. Metric materials in foreign languages should be made available to those groups who can use them. Ample funds must be provided in all areas of vocational education to purchase measuring tools and conversion equipment. The metric kits developed for persons with reading difficulty should be reproduced on a commercial basis. The three-dimensional material for persons with sight handicaps should be reproduced in quantity and made available at a low cost to all school programs for the blind. The most common weakness of most curriculum projects is the lack of adequate dissemination. There should be a followup study to refine and reevaluate the materials for persons with reading difficulty and for those with sight handicaps. (LAS)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Audiovisual Aids, Bilingual Education, Curriculum Design, Educational Technology, Handicapped Students, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Low Ability Students, Material Development, Metric System, Reading Difficulty, Units of Study, Visual Impairments, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Center for Metric Education.
Note: For a related document see CE 010 115