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ERIC Number: ED363374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-6
Pages: 12
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Learning for Literacy in the Vocational Trades.
Penisten, John
Many of the students enrolled in Hawai'i Community College's (HCC's) Trade and Industry Division have poor reading skills, with Nelson-Denny comprehension scores averaging a 9th grade equivalent. Despite a lack of motivation and interest in reading, trades students must be able to understand trade-technical handbooks, manuals, references, specification sheets, graphs, and diagrams. Even the best readers may find this material tedious and confusing. To help trades students develop the needed comprehension, problem-solving, and critical reading skills, HCC has developed an occupational reading curriculum that uses specialized instructional methods and materials. Specific reading modules, developed for each program in the division, are composed of introductory, comprehension, and problem-solving/applications sections, providing practice in using pertinent trade manuals, understanding technical materials, and developing general reading and study skills. Trade manuals, such as the Uniform Building Code and National Electric Code, are basic references and often represent the most difficult reading students must do. Some general survey modules based on such manuals are "Survey of Metallurgy--Chapter 1" and "Sheet Metal Pattern Drafting: Using the Appendices." Other modules are based on trade-related materials such as handouts, references, and technical readings, including modules in "Understanding the Relationship of Power, Speed, and Torque for Engines" and "Fatigue Failure in Sheet Metal." Modules based on reading and study skills include "Reading for Main Ideas" and "Technical Vocabulary Development." Word problems that simulate on-the-job situations as well as theoretical applications help develop problem-solving skills. Students find such readings relevant and are more likely to attend to the task at hand. Sample problems are included. (ECC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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