ERIC Number: ED312417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Relevance of Machine Shop Engineering Programs in Technical Colleges to Industry in Zimbabwe.
A study investigated the relationship between existing machine shop engineering programs in technical colleges and the requirements of industry in Zimbabwe. Data were collected from the principals, department headmasters, and a sample of lecturers and students at two colleges, and from personnel managers and workshop managers at nine companies with machine shop production or servicing. Data collection techniques used were interview schedules, questionnaires, inventories, and documents. The following are among the findings reported: (1) there are no exchange programs in which lecturers spend some time in industry and specialists from industry spend time in schools; (2) there is a shortage of important resources such as textbooks and material consumables important to machine shop engineering; (3) the examination board was not sufficiently active at the time of the study to ensure curriculum relevance; (4) the consultation between the curriculum research development unit for technical colleges and industry involves only large companies; (5) on the whole, the level of practical skills acquired by students corresponds fairly well to the requirements of industry; (6) although the colleges prepare journeyworkers with the requisite skills, companies do not seem to involve journeyworkers in decisionmaking, problem solving, and drawing; and (6) the planned work experience enhances the quality of the students' practical proficiency. (The document includes 36 references, the questionnaires, and the interview schedules.) (CML)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA).
Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education and Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe