ERIC Number: ED192853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Task Level Articulation in Welding between the Community College of Allegheny County, College Center-North, and Parkway West Area Technical School. Final Report.
Whitworth, L. L.
A cooperative project was undertaken by Parkway West Area Technical School (PWATS) and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to plan and develop a task level articulation agreement for the welding sequences extending from the high school to the post-secondary levels. Project procedures, coordinated by a Welding Craft Advisory Committee made up of instructors and employers, involved: (1) a survey of area employers to identify the task competencies required of welders; (2) the selection or development of performance objectives and criterion-referenced measures for each of the identified competencies; (3) the establishment of a hierarchy for these competencies; (4) the evaluation of existing courses of study; and (5) the reorganization of courses of study so that the two-year welding program at PWATS was directly equivalent to CCAC's Welding I and Welding II. These procedures overcome the shortcomings of traditional high school/college articulation agreements in that a student's subject mastery is proven rather than assumed and that the tasks are identified by employers rather than educators. The report evaluates the initial implementation of the agreement, examines CCAC's plans for articulation agreements in other vocational areas, and discusses the staff development efforts required in the statewide implementation of such agreements. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.