ERIC Number: ED257975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-26
Reference Count: 0
Mobile Training Laboratories, Mobile Equipment and Programs Offered in Business or Industry. Status Report.
Harry, Raymond L.
A literature review and telephone survey examined the following alternate methods for delivering vocational education services: mobile training laboratories, mobile training programs, training programs offered by educational institutions in business and industry facilities, and equipment loaned or supplied as a gift by business and industry for initial training, retraining, or upgrading of the work force. Of the 91 mobile training units known to have been in operation in 29 states, 50 were found to be operating at the time of the study. Generally, those surveyed considered mobile training units an economically sound and efficient means of using scarce educational resources. The main reasons given for discontinuing use of such facilities included wearing out of the trailers, loss of funding, difficulties in finding and keeping instructors, and lack of availability of power and other utilities in the location and form in which they were needed. Mobile facilities were credited with enabling vocational instructors to serve students who would not otherwise have been reached, developing positive public relations, allowing instructors to serve both public and private schools, exposing students to a greater variety of vocational programs, and encouraging additional support of vocational education by business and the community. (Appendixes to this report include abstracts of over 50 ERIC documents and copies of 13 journal articles dealing with mobile training stations.) (MN)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Case Studies, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Educational Cooperation, Educational Equipment, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Equipment Utilization, Innovation, Interviews, Literature Reviews, Mobile Classrooms, Mobile Educational Services, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Shared Facilities, Shared Services, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.; Wiley (John) & Sons, New York, NY.
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