ERIC Identifier: ED377312
Publication Date: 1994-00-00
Author: Wagner, Judith O.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education Columbus OH.

Locating Nonprint Materials in Adult, Career, and Vocational Education. ERIC Digest No. 153.

The ERIC database contains much information about nonprint educational materials. However, it does not have catalog or directory information or list specific products except as they are mentioned in documents or journal articles. This ERIC Digest provides information on how to find videotapes, audiotapes, CD-ROMs, computer software, and other nonprint materials in the areas of adult, career, and vocational education. This is by no means intended to be a complete list of all agencies and companies who offer these materials; rather it is a place to start your search.


One excellent way to learn about the availability of nonprint materials is word of mouth. Whether you are talking to a colleague, the manager of your local computer store, a presenter at a conference, or those on the Internet, networking works. In fact, several of the sources listed in this ERIC Digest came as a result of a request that was put up on two Internet listservs, VOCNET ( and AEDNET ( Personal contacts are a primary source of information. All you have to do is ask!


State and regional resource centers and local teacher centers often have samples of materials that can be borrowed and previewed before they are purchased and may loan materials for a limited period of time. For example, the Center on Education and Training for Employment has collections of material on tech prep and on equity that can be borrowed by teachers within the state of Ohio. Other centers have similar collections. Your state department of education has information about the vocational education and literacy resource centers in your state.

The Curriculum Coordination Centers (CCCs) are excellent sources of information about vocational education materials. They have large collections of print and nonprint materials that are available for loan to those within their region. Check first with your state department of education or state vocational education resource center who may refer you to your CCC. The CCCs and states that they serve are listed here.

Most public and university libraries have a variety of directories of commercially produced educational materials--print and nonprint. They also have journals that review those materials and directories of producers and publishers. Many libraries have collections of educational audiotapes and videotapes that can be borrowed.

The following list includes producers of nonprint materials as well as publishers of directories and reviews of those materials.


130 Cremona Drive

Santa Barbara, CA 93117

(805) 968-1911

Quarterly review of videos


American Media, Inc.

1454 30th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265-1390

(800) 262-2557; FAX (515) 224-0256

Supervising, training, interviewing, stress management


American Vocational Association

1410 King Street, Department 993

Alexandria, VA 22314

(800) 826-9972 ext. 317; FAX (703) 683-7424

Tech prep, personal improvement


Applied Technetronics

PO Box 146

Cygnet, OH 43413

(419) 655-3456



BNA Communications

9439 Key West Avenue

Rockville, MD 20850-3396

(800) 233-6067; FAX (301) 948-2085

Training, equal employment, work force diversity


R. R. Bowker

121 Chanlon Road

New Providence, NJ 07974

(908) 464-6800

Directories of videotapes and audiocassettes that include descriptions and subject indexes


Cambridge Vocational and Technical

PO Box 2153, Department VO9

Charleston, WV 25328-2153

(800) 468-4227

Career information, tech prep, integrated skills, vocational areas


Center on Education and Work

Publications Unit, Department A

University of Wisconsin

964 Educational Sciences Building

Madison, WI 53706

(800) 446-0399; FAX (608) 262-9197

School-to-work transition, career search, employability, occupational clusters, job search skills


CFKR Career Materials

11860 Kemper Road Unit 7

Auburn, CA 95603

(800) 525-5626; FAX (916) 889-0433

Career interest inventory, career exploration, tech prep, vocational competencies, occupational groups, job search skills, elementary through adult


Chronicle Guidance Publications Inc.

PO Box 1190

Moravia, NY 13118-1190

(800) 622-7284; FAX (315) 497-3359

Career awareness, career exploration, career decision making, job seeking, professional development


Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center

1500 West Seventh Avenue

Stillwater, OK 74074-4364

(800) 654-4502; FAX (405) 743-5154

Agricultural education; teaching methods for adults, emergency medical technicians, home economics, job interviewing, auto body, machine shop, cosmetology, carpentry


Curriculum Associates Inc.

5 Esquire Road

North Billerica, MA 01862-2589

(800) 225-0248; FAX (508) 667-5706

Adult and vocational materials on life skills, employability, basic skills, test taking, parenting, reading/language arts, problem solving/math



100 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017

(800) 345-5627; FAX (212) 867-5499

Job search skills, networking, stress management, workplace communication


Educators Progress Service, Inc.

214 Center Street

Randolph, WI 53956

(414) 326-3126

Guide to free guidance materials


Finney Company

3943 Meadowbrook Road

Minneapolis, MN 55426-4505

(800) 846-7027; FAX (612) 938-7353

Career development, work skills development, placement, career information


Gale Research

835 Penobscot Building

Detroit, MI 48226-4094

(800) 374-GALE; FAX (800) 339-3374

Source book of videos, directories of research and information centers



Macmillan/McGraw Hill

PO Box 543

Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

(800) 334-7344; FAX (614) 860-1877

Adult learning, ESL, GED, workplace literacy


Greystone Educational Materials

PO Box 529

Stillwater, MN 55082 or

PO Box 2027

Dublin, CA 94568

(800) 733-0671; FAX (612) 430-2732

Applied vocational math, tech prep, correctional education, job search skills, career exploration, adults in transition


Impact Publications

9104-N Manassas Drive

Manassas Park, VA 22111-5211

(703) 361-7300; FAX (703) 335-9486

Career action series, career planning, job search skills


Literacy Volunteers of America

5795 Widewaters Parkway

Syracuse, NY 13214

(800) LVA-8812; FAX (315) 445-8006

Literacy and ESL tutor training, life skills, adult readers, family literacy


Meridian Education Corporation

236 East Front Street, Department CG-94

Bloomington, IL 61701

(800) 727-5507; FAX (309) 829-8621

Career exploration and planning, tech prep, preparation for work


Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium

1500 West Seventh Avenue

Stillwater, OK 74074-4364

(800) 654-3988; FAX (405) 743-5154

Professional development, electronics, small engine repair, diesel fundamentals, drafting, surgical technician, technology education


National Center for Research in Vocational Education

Materials Distribution Service

Western Illinois University

46 Horrabin Hall

Macomb, IL 61455

(800) 637-7652

Vocational education performance standards, curriculum, tech prep, integration, vocational education and restructuring


National Staff Development Council

PO Box 240

Oxford, OH 45056

(800) 727-7288; FAX (513) 523-0638

School improvement, staff development, cognitive development, multiple intelligences, change strategies, instructional improvement


New Readers Press

PO Box 888, Department AS94

Syracuse, NY 13210-0888

(800) 448-8878; FAX (315) 422-5561

ESL, reading, math, training, workplace literacy, family literacy, life skills for adults


Phi Delta Kappa

408 N Union

PO Box 789

Bloomington, IN 47402-0789

(800) 766-1156; FAX (812) 339-0018

Professional development, teacher effectiveness, National Education Goals, motivation


Phillip Roy

PO Box 130

Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635

(800) 255-9085; (813) 593-2700; FAX (813) 595-2685

ABE, GED, tech prep, literacy, JTPA, transition, vocational education


Plexus Publishing, Inc.

143 Old Marlton Pike

Medford, NJ 08055

Guide to educational materials on audiocassette and compact disk


Ready Reference Press

PO Box 5249

Santa Monica, CA 90409

(800) 424-5627; FAX (310) 475-4895

Self-esteem, study skills, leadership, decision making, career information, job search skills, test preparation, parenting


Shopware Educational Systems

101 Hill Road, Department KL-5

Aberdeen, WA 98520-7302

(800) 487-3392; FAX (800) 900-5172

Tech prep, technology education, agricultural education, health occupations, business education, home economics, cosmetology


Talico Incorporated

2328 South Third Street #5

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

(904) 241-1721

Management training, supervisory skills test, TQM, building work teams, training


VAP Foundation

23 Meadow Drive

Camp Hill, PA 17011-8331

(717) 761-3381; FAX (717) 761-5811

Tech prep, technical training, school-to-work, integration, career choices


Vocational Instructional Materials Laboratory

Center on Education and Training for Employment

1900 Kenny Road

Columbus, OH 43210-1090

(800) 848-4815; FAX (614) 292-1260

Competency profiles, dropout prediction scale, linkages, entrepreneurship


Wisconsin Career Information System

1078 Educational Services Unit I

1025 West Johnson Street

Madison, WI 53706

(800) 442-4612; FAX (608) 262-9197

Career information, job skills, financial aid, employability



1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, GA 30033

(800) 248-7701 ext. 543

Criterion-referenced test item banks, task lists, performance elements, enabling competencies




East Central CCC

Sangamon State University

Shepherd Road

Springfield, IL 62794-9243

(217) 786-6173



Midwest CCC

Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education

1500 West Seventh Avenue

Stillwater, OK 74074-4364

(405) 743-5423



Northeast CCC

NJ Department of Education

Crest Way

Aberdeen, NJ 07747

(908) 290-1900



Northwest CCC

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd., Bldg. 15

Tacoma, WA 98499-4098

(206) 589-5764



Southeast CCC

Mississippi State University

PO Drawer DX

Mississippi State, MS 39762

(601) 325-2510



Western CCC

University of Hawaii

1776 University Hall, Wist Hall 216

Honolulu, HI 96844-0001

(808) 956-7834

AS, AZ, CA, FM, GU, HI, NV, MP, Palau, MH


Charters, A. N., and Abbott, G., comps. ADULT EDUCATION SOUND AND VIDEO RECORDINGS--E. S. BIRD LIBRARY. Syracuse, NY: Publications Program in Continuing Education, Syracuse University, 1992 (ED 351 446). Lists items from the sound and video recording collection at the Bird Library at Syracuse University in the areas of adult and continuing education. Includes title, author, source, and running time.

Dyrenfurth, M. J., and Miller, F. M. "Media Use in Vocational/Technical Education: An Ongoing Evolution." MEDIA AND METHODS 21, no. 2 (October 1994): 8,10-11,13. Discusses vocational education in the United States today and describes media applications and potential applications. Provides an overview of media-related agencies and suggested change strategies for increasing media use.

Leach, L. N., and Harmon, A. S. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO WORK. VOLUME 6. Champaign: University of Illinois, 1991 (ED 342 195). Documents literature in the field of transition from school to work for individuals with disabilities. Covers job accommodations, assessment techniques, barriers, career development, community integration, curriculum, individualized transition plans, interagency cooperation, parent involvement, and supported employment.

Lewis, M. W. EMERGING USES OF COMPUTERS FOR EDUCATION: AN OVERVIEW OF TOOLS AND ISSUES FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATORS. Berkeley: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1992 (ED 350 390). Includes project reports, software reviews, and developments in computer-based education, their applications to vocational education, and barriers to their use. Describes the strengths and weaknesses of existing computer-assisted instruction and presents an overview of optical disc technologies. Includes an evaluation of computer-based tools and a summary of selected literature.



APPLIED ACADEMIC SKILLS IN VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS. Athens: Ohio University, 1991 (ED 346 298). Identifies materials that arecurrently available to vocational teachers for integrating math, science, or language arts into the vocational curriculum. Contains over 100 citations of textbooks, videos, and computer software.


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