ERIC Number: ED208146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Model Solar Energy Training Program II. Final Report, July 1, 1981-June 30, 1982.
Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT.
Trained personnel will be needed in the future to install solar energy heating and hot water systems, and public school vocational education teachers will be needed to train these technicians. A project to train high school vocational teachers so that they can teach their students about solar energy concepts, manufacturing techniques, testing, and installation was conducted by the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Connecticut. During the second year of the program, the number of participants was increased from 15 to 25; an instructional resource guide to be used as a curriculum infusion unit by vocational education teachers was prepared; selected participants of the first-year course were drawn into the teaching scheme; lectures and laboratory sessions were carried out in the schools represented by participants; field experience was provided by installing two solar systems at Talcott Mountain; and a means was established for teachers to use the program for graduate credit for continuing professional education. It was found that more than half of the first-year participants were teaching energy courses in their high schools; and it was hoped that the increased reliance on hands-on solar installation experience in the second-year program would lead to further use of skills learned and materials prepared. It was recommended that additional courses be set up in three 10-to-15-week models dealing with (1) skills needed on the job; (2) curriculum and engineering theories needed for the classroom; and (3) actual installations at several sites. (Learning activities are included in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Material Development, Paraprofessional Personnel, Program Implementation, Solar Radiation, Teacher Developed Materials, Technical Occupations, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT.