ERIC Number: ED150292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
1977 Teacher Intern Project. Final Report.
Resnick, Harold S.
A need for better understanding between industry and education prompted development of a program to employ eight teachers in industry on a full-time basis during the summer to broaden the teachers' understanding of the nature and scope of the industrial process. Weekly seminars were held in which the teachers shared their experiences with each other and with the company's executive staff. Each teacher agreed to also enroll in a graduate course in career education for each of two consecutive semesters following the summer internship, the purpose being to examine the activities conducted over the summer and develop subsequent programs and curriculum materials to apply in each teacher's home high school. Company employees and management trainees also enrolled in the courses, producing a continuing exchange between educators and industrialists. Two evaluation instruments were designed and pre- and posttests were administered to four different employee groups (the eight teachers were one of the four groups) to establish the attitude of the groups regarding free enterprise and to test their knowledge of how our economic system functions. Results showed only minimal changes in the attitude and knowledge among the groups, but the data revealed that the teachers did not have the negative attitude about business and industry that is often perceived by the business world. As a whole the results of the project were encouraging and plans were made to design and implement future programs that will foster positive business-school-community cooperation. (BL)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Education, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Inservice Education, Internship Programs, Manufacturing Industry, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Raytheon Data Systems Co., Norwood, MA.; Boston Univ., MA. School of Education.
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