ERIC Number: ED439912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Transportation Education and Outreach Pilot Program Targeting Students in Grades K-12. Final Report.
Kuhn, Beverly T.
The transportation engineering profession faces a challenging future in the 21st century. Over the past decade, advances in transportation and technology applications have altered and expanded the list of knowledge, skills, and abilities that transportation professionals must have. The end result is a rapidly changing industry that needs qualified individuals to design, plan, manage, operate, and maintain the vast infrastructure in place. However, a growing concern exists over whether a qualified and skilled work force will be available to meet the demanding future. Such a work force is necessary for the transportation profession to continue to sustain mobility and economic strength across the nation. The purpose of this research was to capitalize on the transportation and educational expertise of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) and its staff while utilizing the network of Research Implementation Offices throughout Texas. The objective was to develop and assess a pilot education and outreach program structured to introduce transportation as a necessary component of society and a viable career choice for young people. This report discusses the development of program materials, the process of implementation, and assessment of the educational program. Recommendations for future work are also presented. Two curriculum modules, "The History of Transportation" and "The Human and Transportation," are included as appendices, as are a directory of transit system contacts nationwide, and information in an educational outreach folder which accompanies a CD-ROM. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Career Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Industrial Education, Outreach Programs, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Science and Society, Technology Education, Transportation, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Transportation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Transportation Inst.
Note: Support was provided by the University Transportation Centers Program, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, to the Southwest Regional University Transportation Center, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University. CD-ROM accompanying report is not available through ERIC.