ERIC Number: ED356959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Solving with Workstations. Program Description, Teacher Materials, and Student Information. Teacher Developed Technology Education for the Nineties (TD-TEN).
Garey, Robert W.
The Randolph, New Jersey Intermediate School updated its industrial arts program to reflect the challenges and work force of the Twentieth Century in which students apply a design/problem-solving process to solve real-world problems. In the laboratory portion of the program, students circulate between workstations to define problems, complete research, develop solutions, build models, and evaluate their effectiveness. The first of three documents, "Program Description," describes that program in four parts. Part 1 provides a program description that discusses characteristics of the student population involved in the program; teacher and student materials developed for the program; and a history of the development of the program. Part 2 presents the goals of the four laboratory stations and a course of study. The four workstations are: (1) designing with structures; (2) control systems technology; (3) transportation modeling; and (4) computer graphic presentation. The course of study includes a statement of emphasis; a list of 18 course objectives; suggested time allotments per course unit; and an outline of course content by topic. Part 3 discusses research support for the course and a list of 15 references. Part 4 reports the program evaluation of the six criteria established for the program. Findings indicated that student learning was active; workstations were effective; project criteria were met; students portfolios were effective for individualized learning; and the course was cost-effective. A summary of Program Description Book 1 is provided. The second of three documents, "Teacher Materials," provides teacher materials for the implementation of the program. The materials are presented in six sections. The first section describes workstation activity use. The second section discusses teaching methodology that employs technological problem solving. The third section presents four technology learning modules involving: (1) vehicle and flight design; (2) structure modeling; (3) robotics/control technology; and (4) computer graphics. Each module includes a list of the primary concepts involved; a list of activities; performance objectives; needed vocabulary; integrated subjects; equipment needed; and a list of resources and references. The fourth section discusses workstation implementation strategies. The fifth section describes the technology laboratory environment. The sixth section discusses student evaluation techniques. The last of three documents, "Student Information," describes the workstation activities that the students can complete. The material is presented in five sections according to the different workstations: (1) vehicle transportation; (2) structure modeling; (3) lego-logo robotics; (4) computer graphics; and (5) flight modeling. Each section includes objectives to be completed at the workstation; a list of possible activities; and the design/problem solving process steps necessary to complete the activities. A series of worksheets to be completed by the student while performing workstation activities is provided. (MDH)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Students, Experiential Learning, Industrial Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Laboratory Technology, Learning Activities, Microcomputers, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Technology, Technology Education, Thinking Skills, Vocational Education
Robert Garay, Randolph Intermediate School, 507 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.