ERIC Number: ED354359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Technology Education Grades 6-12. Program Evaluation.
Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.
Technology education programs are offered in 10 middle schools, 5 area high schools, 1 alternative high school, and at Central Campus in the Des Moines Independent Community School District. Programs in grades 6-12 consist of hands-on instruction using activities and projects as the medium for teaching modern technologies in the various trades. Program options include 5 core areas of instruction that expand into 17 career fields: graphic arts and drafting, electricity and electronics, metal manufacturing, wood construction, and automotive/power. The technology education budget derives from several resources that support the entire program: district budgets, student fees, levy dollars, and state and federal vocational education reimbursement. The process of implementing the career education and technology education programs involves the following: aiding in infusion of career education throughout the district's various curricular offerings; focusing the teaching of technology education through an appropriate and effective curriculum; developing course instructional improvements; facilitating instruction; providing technical assistance; and assisting in personnel selection. All courses are electives, except in grades 6 and 7. Future plans call for increased use of technology, a new laboratory, continuation of efforts to ensure relevance of curriculum content, acquisition of modern equipment, and increased efforts in measuring student achievement. (Appendices include career avenues model, curriculum flowchart, textbook list, advisory committee, and enrollment figures by school and districtwide.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Auto Mechanics, Career Education, Construction (Process), Drafting, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elective Courses, Electricity, Electronics, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Graphic Arts, Intermediate Grades, Manufacturing, Metal Working, Middle Schools, Power Technology, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Districts, Secondary Education, Technical Assistance, Technological Advancement, Technology Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.