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ERIC Number: ED215112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-7240-3782-9
Evaluation Study of the Automotive Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Course. Research Report.
Smith, Robert H.
An evaluation of the automotive engineering pre-apprenticeship course, as found in technical colleges in New South Wales, Australia, was conducted to gather information from pre-apprentice and day-release students concerning student background factors, teaching processes within the course, outcomes of attendance in the course, and course effectiveness. A sample of 73 pre-apprentice students and 60 day-release students at five colleges were administered questionnaires and tests of mechanical aptitude and learning achievement. It was found that a high proportion of the pre-apprentice sample had obtained employment by September of the year following the completion of the pre-apprenticeship course, the majority as automotive mechanics; therefore, this employment rate may well be an indicator of course effectiveness. When compared with the day-release sample, the pre-apprentice students were more satisfied with their course, particularly as regards teaching methods and working conditions at the college. Most of the pre-apprentice students saw their course as relevant and interesting, and as having met their job aspirations. The day-release students, however, were critical of the teaching of skills for their present jobs. Neither the pre-apprentice sample nor the day-release sample made a significant gain in self-confidence; it was concluded that more emphasis should be given to teaching this objective, since the pre-apprentice students said they would like greater emphasis on this topic. The overall conclusion of the study was that many of the pre-apprentice students had benefited by their attendance in the course--a large portion had obtained jobs in their field. (KC)
New South Wales Department of Technical and Further Education, 323 Castlereagh St., Sydney, NSW, Australia 2000 (no charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of Technical and Further Education, Sydney (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia