ERIC Number: ED215144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational and Technical Curriculum Materials Database Feasibility Study. Final Report.
Chase, Shirley A.
This project studied the feasibility of developing a computerized database of information about vocational and technical education curriculum materials. It was conducted in response to the need expressed by educators in the field for a comprehensive, centralized, computerized database of information on the availability of curriculum materials. The National Center for Research in Vocational Education Clearinghouse staff worked cooperatively with the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in Vocational and Technical Education to design and prepare the specifications for the database, enter test records, and prepare recommendations for further development. The Vocational Education Curriculum Materials (VECM) database established during the feasibility study includes information on both print and nonprint products. One hundred and fifty records were entered into the VECM during the feasibility study. Each entry includes the following information about the curriculum product: title, date, sponsoring agency, developer, subject matter classification, educational level, intended user, student target population, description of the print or nonprint material, copyright restrictions, and availability source. The database is now ready for retrieval of information by the National Center Clearinghouse and the Curriculum Coordination Centers; efforts will be made to open the database to the public during 1982-83. Also, an additional 1,500 records will be entered into the database during the next year. (KC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Curriculum Research, Curriculum Study Centers, Databases, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Storage, Information Systems, Instructional Materials, Online Systems, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.