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ERIC Number: ED265522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 187
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of the Curricular and Occupational Reading Demands of the Plumbing Trade.
Chang, Kathryn L.
The vocational reading demands of the plumbing trade were investigated to compare the curricular reading demands encountered by apprentices in the educational setting and the occupational reading demands encountered by journeymen in the actual job situation. A secondary purpose of the study was to examine the role and treatment of reading, as both an educational tool and a vocational skill, in the education/apprenticeship situation. Subjects included members of a fourth-year apprenticeship class who were in the final stages of training before becoming journeyman plumbers and five journeyman plumbers selected at random. Data were gathered through interviews with and observations of plumbing students and incumbents, in a four-part process using interrelated instruments and procedures. Three conclusions were drawn from the findings: (1) the curricular and occupational reading demands of the plumbing trade are different in terms of the variety, complexity, frequency, perceived importance, general and specific strategies, and time involved; (2) the vocational reading demands appear to be extensive and diverse; and (3) reading is only minimally treated as a concern in the educational setting and some minor reading-related problems do exist. (Among the numerous appendixes are attitude questionnaires, task checksheets, observation records, and assessments of reading material difficulty.) An extensive reference list is also included. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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