ERIC Number: ED263322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Retraining and Directed Exchange (T.R.A.D.E.): Pilot Project Documentation and Evaluation.
Bragg, Debra D.; Miller, Aaron J.
The Teacher Retraining and Directed Exchange (TRADE) project was conducted during the 1984-85 school year at five vocational schools in Ohio. During this period, a total of six teacher-employee exchanges were conducted with large and small businesses and industries. An evaluation of the project showed that, generally, the cost of implementing Project TRADE was low. Benefits were described by project participants for teachers, students, industry employees, and schools. Usually, these benefits were related to the attitudes, knowledge, and skills of employees, teachers, and students. The evaluation suggested that complete agreement by the business/industry (B/I) employee was necessary for success. The study also found that although some preservice teacher training was provided for B/I exchange employees, almost all indicated more preservice training time should be given. Teachers who participated in Project TRADE experienced a range of "hands-on" experiences and observations and learned about the latest technology used in their teaching areas. All of the teachers indicated after participating in TRADE that they were confident in their ability to teach about new technical equipment and processes. Recommendations were made for teacher selection, preservice education for exchange employees, selection of B/I employees, Ohio State Department of Education guidelines, goals clarification, information dissemination, and administration of the project. (KC)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teacher Improvement, Technological Advancement, Vocational Schools, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio