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 materials.


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 <> 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: [email protected]; <>.


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 <[email protected]>, 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 protected]>, technology education <[email protected]>, school-to work <[email protected]>, and training and development <[email protected]>.


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 <> 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.


American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials

220 Smithonia Rd

Winterville GA 30683

800/228-4689; fax: 706/742-7005

Communication skills, agriscience, construction, electricity, engines, performance-based teacher education, consumer & life science, technology and industrial education. Print, videotapes, CD-ROMs, and multimedia.

American Technical Publishers

1155 W 17th St

Homewood IL 60430-4600

800/323-3471; fax: 708/957-1137

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.

Educational Activities Inc

PO Box 392

Freeport NY 11520

800/645-3739; fax: 516/623-9282

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.


Customer Service Dept.

PO Box 544

Blacklick OH 43004-0544

800-334-7344 fax: 614-755-5682

Computer education, allied health, criminal justice, trade/technical education, business communication, student success, business, office technology, adult basic education.

Interstate Publishers Inc

PO Box 50

Danville IL 61834

800/843-4774; 217/446-9706

Agriscience, technology education articulated curriculum, florist, aquaculture, turf management, horsemanship, animal science, farm management, soils, farm animals.

The School Co.

Dept W99

PO Box 9117

Jackson WY 83002

800/543-0998; fax: 800/518-2514

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


PO Box 2708 Dept F2

Charleston WV 25330

800/487-3392; fax: 800/900-5172

Engines, aerodynamics, aeronautics, food service.

Multimedia, CD-ROM.

South-Western Educational Publishing

7625 Empire Dr

Florence KY 41042

800/354-9706; fax: 800/487-8488

Webmaster training, business, career development, computer education, school-to-careers, health, office technology. Software, workbooks, videos, self-study modules.

Technomic Publishing Co

851 New Holland Ave

PO Box 3535

Lancaster PA 17602

800/233-9936; 717/291-5609

fax: 717/295-4538

Education reform, decision making, administration, technology, leadership, finance, assessment, school-to-work, at-risk, professional development. Print, videotapes, handbooks.


Curriculum Materials Service (CMS)

254 Agricultural Administration Building

2120 Fyffe Rd

Columbus OH 43210-1067

614/292-4848; fax: 800/292-4919

All aspects of agricultural education. Software, videos, slides.

Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse

Western Illinois University

46 Horrabin Hall

Macomb IL 61455

800/322-3905; fax: 309/298-2869

Applied technology, agriculture, business, marketing & management, health, family and consumer sciences, tech prep workplace skills & career development, administration & supervision, special needs.

Instructional Materials Laboratory

University of Missouri-Columbia

2316 Industrial Dr

Columbia MO 65202

800/669-2465; fax: 573/882-1992

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.

Instructional Materials Service

Texas A&M University

Mail Stop 2588

College Station TX 77843-2588

409/845-6601; fax: 409/845-6608

All aspects of agriculture and trade and industrial education.

Vocational Instructional Materials Lab (VIML)

Center on Education and Training for Employment

1900 Kenny Rd

Columbus OH 43210-1090

800/848-4815 ext. 28300

fax: 614/292-1260

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.

Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center (CIMC)

Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education

1500 W Seventh St

Stillwater OK 74074-4364

800/654-4502; fax: 405/743-5154

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.

Multistate Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium

1500 W Seventh Ave

Stillwater OK 74074


Agricultural education, business/marketing, cosmetology, family and consumer science, health occupations, technology education, trade and industrial education, science. CD-ROMs, videotapes, print.

Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS)

1866 Southern Lane

Decatur GA 30033-4097

800/248-7701 ext. 543

Competency-based outcome standards, curriculum materials, and assessment instruments. Print, software.


Agency for Instructional Technology

Box A

Bloomington IN 47402-0120

800/457-4509; 812/339-2203

fax: 812/333-4278;

Math, workplace readiness, communication, technology education, employability skills, school-to-work. Videotapes, videodiscs, software, print.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

1250 N Pitt St

Alexandria VA 22314

800/933-2723; fax: 703/299-8631

Problem-based learning, curriculum integration, performance-based assessment, multiple intelligences, educational management. Print, CD-ROMs, videotapes, audiotapes.

Center on Education and Work

University of Wisconsin

964 Educational Sciences Building

1025 W Johnson St

Madison WI 53701-1796

800/446-0399; fax: 608/262-9197

School-to-work, career education, employability skills, integration. Print, videotapes, CD-ROMs.


PO Box 21206

Waco TX 76702-1206


Applied academics, math, automotive service technology, laser/electro-optics, computer technology certification. Print materials.


Many states have their own vocational/technical resource centers. A complete list of addresses for state departments of education is found at < html>, <>, or <www.ccsso. org/sea menu.html>; contact them directly for information about centers in your state.

Center on Education and Training for Employment

1900 Kenny Rd

Columbus OH 43210-1090

800/848-4815 ext. 26991

fax: 614/292-1260;

Houses the Ohio tech prep, sex equity, and work force education libraries. Materials loaned to teachers within Ohio.

Curriculum Materials Library

Mason Library MS 3201

Keene State College

229 Main St

Keene NH 03435-3201

603/358-2750; fax: 603/358-2745

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.

Illinois State Curriculum Center

Parkway Tech Centre

3430 Constitution Dr Ste 113-114

Springfield IL 62707

800/252-4822; fax: 217/206.6036

Lends task lists, resources on all aspects of vocational/technical/career education to anyone.

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Resource Center

333 Market St, 11th Fl

Harrisburg PA 17126-0333

800/992-2283; TTY: 717/783-8445 fax: 717/783-5420

Provides vocational education and professional development materials to educators in the state.

Virginia Vocational Curriculum Resource Center

2002 Bremo Rd

Richmond VA 23226

804/673-3778; fax: 804/673-3798

Provides a variety of products and services to vocational-technical education programs in Virginia.

Western Curriculum Coordination Center

University of Hawaii Manoa

1776 University Ave, UA 2-7

Honolulu HI 96844-0001


A fee-based information service


Oklahoma Trade and Industrial

Links to many websites offering resources.

Putnam Valley Central Schools

Provides links to K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks.

Vocational Education Resources

Offers links to many vocational education resources.

Workforce Preparation Curriculum Database

Sponsored by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, this database identifies materials developed by a variety of agencies.


Wagner, Judith O. LOCATING NONPRINT MATERIALS IN ADULT, CAREER, AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. ERIC DIGEST NO. 153. Columbus: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Center on Education and Training for Employment, the Ohio State University, 1994. (ED 377 312)

Wagner, Judith O. LOCATING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. ERIC DIGEST NO. 169. Columbus: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Center on Education and Training for Employment, the Ohio State University, 1996. (ED 395 215)

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