ERIC Number: ED167719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Summary Report on Project Open in Mason County, 1975-78. [Final Report].
Bacza, Gerald L.; And Others
Two ninth-grade curriculum development projects were carried out over a three-year period (1975-78) in West Virginia at Point Pleasant Junior High School and at Wahama Junior/Senior High School. Known as Project Open, these projects resulted in the development and classroom testing of two new technology-based courses called "Career Exploration in Technology" (CEIT). (The curriculum guides for these two courses are published separately: CE 018 782 is the guide for the Wahama course and CE 018 783 for the Point Pleasant course.) CEIT is designed to be an activity-oriented program that allows each child maximum flexibility in the development of individual potential related to the study of technology. The focus of the Wahama course is communication technology, while the Point Pleasant course deals with transportation. The curriculum guides were developed to reflect local needs and interests in both areas of study. Both projects reported high student enthusiasm and interest during the three years. Recommendations for future project efforts and the two existing courses include (1) an expansion of CEIT to other grades, (2) budget allocations to cover equipment costs, (3) the installation and acquisition of needed equipment and facilities, (4) evaluation of the curriculum's effectiveness in meeting its goals, and (5) transition from university personnel to regular teaching staff. (ELG)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Communications, Curriculum Development, Failure, Grade 9, Junior High Schools, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Community Relationship, Success, Technology, Trade and Industrial Education, Transportation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Coll. of Human Resources and Education.; Mason County Schools, Point Pleasant, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia