ERIC Number: ED387079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Mobile Technology Education Laboratory: An Alternative for Elementary Technology Education in a Restructuring School District in Central California.
Britton, Steven M.
The purpose of this study was to explore what options exist for a school district that has chosen to implement or reinforce an elementary technology education program. The option selected was a mobile technology education laboratory. A mobile laboratory can offer the advantages of financial flexibility, currentness, ability to serve a large audience and to facilitate experimentation with alternative models, and the ability of one lab to be used at various school sites. Included in this project is a description of how a mobile elementary technology laboratory can be organized, equipped, staffed, and financed. Included also is a description of curricular needs and activities related to elementary technology education. Through a mobile technology laboratory, the following goals can be achieved: (1) promote technological culture and literacy; (2) support equal opportunity and reduce biases that exist toward gender, ethnicity, culture, and physical or mental ability; (3) facilitate the relevance of academic programs; (4) stimulate experiential learning and foster the development of psychomotor and problem-solving skills; and (5) prepare students to become functional and productive members of society. A list of budgeted items and specifications necessary to ensure successful implementation of the laboratory, including 1991-1992 retail prices, is provided; the total cost is estimated at $249,895. The project concludes with offering several recommendations concerning implementing an elementary technology education laboratory including: select staff; institute an advisory committee; create a project timeline; adopt goals and objectives; establish sources for funding; choose the type of mobile laboratory; select equipment and support material; and set-up site visitation schedule. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, California State University, Fresno.