ERIC Number: ED392979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-21
A Reflective Examination of the Technical Content of Industrial Teacher Education.
Rogers, George E.
The literature regarding the curricula of existing industrial/technology teacher education programs was reviewed to identify those courses that constitute the technical component of the industrial/technology teacher education programs currently being offered by U.S. colleges and universities. A survey was then conducted of the 133 institutions listed in the 1994 "Industrial Teacher Education Directory." Seventy-eight responses (a 58.6% response rate) were received from 33 states. Only 57 responses were deemed usable, however. Of those colleges/universities, 33 offered programs titled technology education and 24 included the descriptor "industrial" in their program title. The programs required a mean of 49.8 semester hours of technical courses; however, no common core of technical courses was identifiable. Only two courses were required by more than two-thirds of the colleges/universities. The curricula examined did not reflect current curriculum trends as identified in three recent studies published in 1991 and 1992. It was concluded that the identified lack of a consistent unified curriculum to prepare tomorrow's industrial/technology teacher education could have a devastating impact on the field. It was recommended that industrial/technology teacher education establish national teacher education standards addressing the discipline's technical content. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research Symposium of Sigma Chapter: Omicron Tau Theta (Lincoln, NE, April 21, 1996).