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ERIC Number: ED269597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Using Microcomputers in Vocational Education to Teach Needed Skills in Machine Shop and Related Occupations. Final Report.
Mercer County Schools, Princeton, WV.
A project was undertaken to identify machine shop occupations requiring workers to use computers, identify the computer skills needed to perform machine shop tasks, and determine which software products are currently being used in machine shop programs. A search of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles revealed that computer skills will become increasingly important for machine tool operators, machinists, patternmakers, tool and die makers, and setup operators. Students in machine shop programs should also become comfortable operating a computer and should develop computer literacy skills for the unskilled programmer. A survey mailed to 23 West Virginia machine shop teachers was completed by only 7 instructors. Of these, only two reported using a computer system in their machine shop program, and although all seven respondents liked the idea of using a computer literacy text statewide, they could not agree on a suitable text. All of the data gathered during the project indicate that there is a definite need to develop training systems for use in machine shop programs in West Virginia and to supplement such programs with instruction in technical math. (Appendixes to this report include samples of the surveys sent to teachers and software companies, sample software evaluation forms, and lists of machine shops and companies included in the survey.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: West Virginia Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Huntington.
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Schools, Princeton, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A