ERIC Number: ED234218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Review and Update Contents of Drafting Curriculum Guides. Final Report.
Sherrell, Eugene G.
A study was undertaken to determine whether the curriculum guides presently being used in drafting courses have changed due to the technological developments that have occurred in industry. In addition, the survey was concerned with the extent that knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing are needed by drafters, the extent that the metric system is used in industry, and the nature of the use of computer applications by drafters. Based on data from survey instruments that were completed by 126 randomly selected members of the American Institute for Design Drafting, it was determined that although the methods of reproducing and storing drawings are changing and will change even more in the next few years, the basic content and knowledge needed by drafters has not. In response to questions relating to the need for and use of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, 38 percent of the population felt that these were important job skills. As to the need for and use of computer applications in the drafting room, 41.8 percent of the respondents indicated that they were used for graphic assistance. While many mechanical and electromechanical drafters used the metric system in their work, respondents in the other seven areas of the drafting industry indicated little or no need for a knowledge of metrics. (The questionnaire is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Course Content, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Guides, Curriculum Research, Drafting, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Influences, Job Skills, Metric System, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Surveys, Technical Education, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City. Div. of Career and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Missouri State Univ., Springfield.