ERIC Identifier: ED435837
Publication Date: 1999-00-00
Author: Wagner, Judith O.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on
Adult Career and Vocational Education Columbus OH.
Locating Vocational Education Materials. ERIC Digest No. 213.
Finding curriculum materials, lesson plans, classroom activities, and other
instructional materials in vocational education can be complex and time
consuming. This Digest updates earlier ones (Wagner 1994, 1996) and includes a
variety of sources--commercial, nonprofit, state, and Web based--for
instructional materials. It includes information about finding materials in ERIC
and through networking and lists some sources for borrowing and buying
The ERIC database is a good source of information
about instructional materials. A search will lead you to curricula, project
descriptions, lesson plans, classroom activities, task lists, and other
resources. The database also includes materials on how to develop curricula. You
can search ERIC on the World Wide Web <ericir.syr.edu/Eric/> and at most
university, state, and resource center libraries. Staff at the ERIC
Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education (ERIC/ACVE) will
conduct a sample search for you. Contact ERIC/ACVE, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus OH
43210-1090; 800848-4815, ext. 28625; fax: 614/292-1260; e-mail:
NETWORKING AND LISTSERVS
Networking is an excellent way to
find information and materials. Talking to colleagues about their successes and
failures in finding materials and their most and least favorite resources
provides educators with valuable leads. Listservs such as CAREERTECH <firstname.lastname@example.org>, maintained by the National
Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, are excellent for
getting recommendations for materials. Subscribers are very willing to share
their expertise and experiences. Other listservs of interest include those for
business education<email@example.com>, technology education
<technology-edu@ unixg.ubc.ca>, school-to work <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and
training and development <trdev-l@psu>.
WORLD WIDE WEB
The World Wide Web is another great source
of information for vocational/technical educators. Many commercial and nonprofit
publishers--some of which are listed here--have websites that describe their
products. Vocational Education Resources <pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/sorg/vocation.html> consists of annotated links that
will lead you to a wealth of resources.
The following list of agencies that offer materials for loan and/or sale is
by no means exhaustive. Rather, it is intended to help educators get started in
their search for resources. It includes commercial publishers, curriculum
laboratories, curriculum consortia, and state and national resource centers.
Association for Vocational Instructional Materials
Communication skills, agriscience, construction, electricity, engines,
performance-based teacher education, consumer & life science, technology and
industrial education. Print, videotapes, CD-ROMs, and multimedia.
W 17th St
Boilers, building trades, culinary arts, electrical trades, graphics,
maintenance, math, metal trades, power/energy, teacher education, Chilton repair
manuals. Print, videotape, workbooks, resource guides, CD-ROMs, transparencies.
Math, reading and vocabulary, life skills, Internet training, maps and
globes, biology and earth science, health. Computer-based materials, activity
cards, CD-ROMs, multimedia, videos.
Computer education, allied health, criminal justice, trade/technical
education, business communication, student success, business, office technology,
adult basic education.
Agriscience, technology education articulated curriculum, florist,
aquaculture, turf management, horsemanship, animal science, farm management,
soils, farm animals.
Career pathway assessment, tech prep, job search, applied math, successful
work habits, entrepreneurship, communication, safety, critical thinking and
problem solving. Multimedia, CD-ROM, posters, videos, software
Box 2708 Dept F2
Engines, aerodynamics, aeronautics, food service.
Webmaster training, business, career development, computer education,
school-to-careers, health, office technology. Software, workbooks, videos,
New Holland Ave
Education reform, decision making, administration, technology, leadership,
finance, assessment, school-to-work, at-risk, professional development. Print,
Materials Service (CMS)
Agricultural Administration Building
All aspects of agricultural education. Software, videos, slides.
Applied technology, agriculture, business, marketing & management,
health, family and consumer sciences, tech prep workplace skills & career
development, administration & supervision, special needs.
Academics, agriculture, business education, career guidance and
school-to-work, family and consumer sciences, health occupations, industrial
education, marketing and cooperative education, special populations, teacher
resources, technology. Instructor guides, student workbooks, reference
materials, CD-ROMs, videotapes.
Station TX 77843-2588
All aspects of agriculture and trade and industrial education.
Instructional Materials Lab (VIML)
on Education and Training for Employment
Integration, family and consumer science, professional development, career
cluster instructional support materials, technical assistance/training.
Computer-assisted materials, CD-ROM, multimedia.
Many consortia produce materials for a
single state or group of states. The materials are available for sale to anyone.
and Instructional Materials Center (CIMC)
Department of Vocational and Technical Education
W Seventh St
Workplace skills, agricultural education, business education, career
information, school-to-work, technology education, family and consumer sciences,
and health occupations. Software, videotapes, teacher and student guides.
Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium
W Seventh Ave
Agricultural education, business/marketing, cosmetology, family and consumer
science, health occupations, technology education, trade and industrial
education, science. CD-ROMs, videotapes, print.
Education Consortium of States (V-TECS)
Competency-based outcome standards, curriculum materials, and assessment
instruments. Print, software.
OTHER CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS
for Instructional Technology
Math, workplace readiness, communication, technology education, employability
skills, school-to-work. Videotapes, videodiscs, software, print.
for Supervision and Curriculum Development
N Pitt St
Problem-based learning, curriculum integration, performance-based assessment,
multiple intelligences, educational management. Print, CD-ROMs, videotapes,
on Education and Work
Educational Sciences Building
W Johnson St
School-to-work, career education, employability skills, integration. Print,
Applied academics, math, automotive service technology, laser/electro-optics,
computer technology certification. Print materials.
STATE/REGIONAL RESOURCE CENTERS
Many states have their own
vocational/technical resource centers. A complete list of addresses for state
departments of education is found at <www.iris.org/~nasdvtec/main. html>,
<www.ed.gov/Programs/ERODmap.html>, or <www.ccsso. org/sea
menu.html>; contact them directly for information about centers in your
on Education and Training for Employment
Houses the Ohio tech prep, sex equity, and work force education libraries.
Materials loaned to teachers within Ohio.
Library MS 3201
Agriculture, business education, child care occupations; family and consumer
sciences, health occupations, marketing and tourism, technology education, trade
and industry. Lends materials to New Hampshire educators.
State Curriculum Center
Constitution Dr Ste 113-114
Lends task lists, resources on all aspects of vocational/technical/career
education to anyone.
Department of Education
Market St, 11th Fl
TTY: 717/783-8445 fax: 717/783-5420
Provides vocational education and professional development materials to
educators in the state.
Vocational Curriculum Resource Center
Provides a variety of products and services to vocational-technical education
programs in Virginia.
Curriculum Coordination Center
of Hawaii Manoa
University Ave, UA 2-7
A fee-based information service
Oklahoma Trade and Industrial Educationodvtews1.okvotech.org/ti/links.htm
Links to many websites offering resources.
Valley Central Schools
Provides links to K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks.
Offers links to many vocational education resources.
Preparation Curriculum Database
Sponsored by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, this
database identifies materials developed by a variety of agencies.
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