ERIC Number: ED254355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Mobile Manual Arts Unit in South-West Queensland. Priority Country Area Program Evaluation Series: Report No. 11.
Fowler, Clifford F.; Peters, Joanne
Begun in 1978 to bring manual arts experience to children in Queensland's "disadvantaged country areas," the Mobile Manual Arts Unit by the end of the 1980 school year had visited 16 separate locations, involving 25 different schools. A total of 727 students had participated (out of a target population of 992 pupils) and a total of 259 contact days had been achieved. Traveling in the South-West and Central Priority Country Area Program (PCAP) areas--the south-west region alone exceeds 318,000 square kilometers--the two workshops and their auxiliary vehicles form a fully equipped manual arts center for work in wood, metal, plastics, or welding. Capital expenditure during 1977-1980 was $191,700. During 1979-1980, equipment, material, staff, and vehicle running costs were $87,600, rising to $101,000 for the 1981-1982 financial year. In addition to working with elementary and secondary students, adult evening classes were held where demand existed. Evaluations gleaned from a variety of sources showed that pupils, teachers, and principals were generally in agreement about the positive value to country schools of the Unit's visits because of the quality of programs offered and the professionalism of the staff. Future issues include deciding the extent, if any, to which the Unit should be shared with other PCAP regions, how to contain costs, and under what conditions could the unit be disbanded. (BRR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Distance, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Industrial Arts, Itinerant Teachers, Metal Working, Mobile Educational Services, Outreach Programs, Plastics, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Shops, Welding, Woodworking
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Schools Commission, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Priority Country Area Program Office, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia