ERIC Identifier: ED318915
Publication Date: 1990-00-00
Author: Wagner, Judith O.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on
Adult Career and Vocational Education Columbus OH.
Locating Vocational Education Curricula. ERIC Digest No. 97.
Locating vocational education curriculum materials can be a frustrating and
time-consuming business. This ERIC Digest discusses various ways to find the
materials that you need. They include contacting your State Liaison
Representative (SLR) to the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in
Vocational and Technical Education, your regional Curriculum Coordination Center
(CCC), your state vocational education resource center, or one of the consortia
that develop and sell vocational education materials, as well as searching the
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) and VECM (Vocational Education
Curriculum Materials) databases. These sources can also provide access to
materials for special needs groups, those who are disabled, at risk, or
CURRICULUM COORDINATION CENTERS AND STATE LIAISON
The National Network for Curriculum Coordination in
Vocational and Technical Education (NNCCVTE) is made up of six regional
Curriculum Coordination Centers and a network of State Liaison Representatives.
The CCCs are funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S.
Department of Education, and the SLRs' liaison activities are supported by
NNCCVTE. SLRs serve as a link between the education community of a particular
state and the regional CCCs and are often on the staff of the state department
of vocational education's curriculum materials center. In addition to serving
educators in their state, SLRs are often curriculum developers. The materials
that they produce and distribute in their state might be accessible through the
CCCs, consortia members, and the ERIC and VECM databases. They may also be
available through one of the consortia discussed here or the state learning
resource center if separate from the curriculum development function. Often the
two are closely related. The SLRs, one in each state and territory, provide
educators with information about previewing or obtaining curriculum materials
and can assist in the development of curriculum and instructional materials.
Although specific services vary from state to state, in most instances an
educator can call the SLR to assist in locating vocational education curricula.
Many states have extensive catalogs of instructional materials, both print and
nonprint. If an appropriate curriculum is not available, the SLR will call the
regional CCC to find one. The CCC will send a loan copy, if available, and/or
will do a VECM or ERIC search to try to find the needed materials. One of the
advantages of borrowing curriculum from your regional CCC is that it provides an
opportunity for reviewing and evaluating materials before purchasing them. To
identify the SLR in your state, contact your state department of education or
your regional CCC.
Northeast Curriculum Coordination Center, New Jersey State Department of
Education, Division of Vocational Education, Aberdeen, NJ 07747 (201/290-1900).
(CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PR, RI, VI, VT)
Southeast Curriculum Coordination Center, Mississippi State University, P.O.
Drawer DX, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (601/325-2510). (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC,
East Central Curriculum Coordination Center, Sangamon State University, F-2,
Springfield, IL 62794-9243 (217/786-6375).
(DC, DE, IL, IN, MD, MI, MN, OH, PA, VA, WI, WV)
Curriculum Coordination Center, 1500 West 7th Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74074
(405/377-2000). (AR, IA, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX)
Northwest Curriculum Coordination Center, St. Martin's College, Old Main,
Room 478, Lacey, WA 98503 (206/438-4456).
(AK, CO, ID, MT, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY)
Coordination Center, University of Hawaii, Wist 216, 1776 University Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96822 (808/948-7834). (AS, AZ, CA, GU, HI, NV, NO.MAR., TT)
STATE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTERS
vocational education resource center may or may not be the home of the SLR. Some
resource centers are maintained as a library of vocational education materials.
In addition to curricula, they may house collections of audiovisual materials
and resource material valuable to vocational educators. They may also provide
services such as curriculum development workshops, inservice workshops, program
evaluation, publication sales, newsletters, or technical assistance. They often
maintain an electronic bulletin board for their state and conduct computer
searches of the ERIC and VECM databases. Centers are funded by the state
departments of vocational education; call your state department, SLR, or
regional CCC to identify centers in your state.
Two databases should be searched when looking for
vocational education curricula--ERIC and VECM. ERIC, the Educational Resources
Information Center, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is a
general education database that covers all types of publications including
instructional materials. Although ERIC contains a vast quantity of vocational
education curriculum, it has only print materials. In addition to curriculum
materials, ERIC includes materials on curriculum development, the use of
nonprint materials, teaching methods, program evaluation, and program
ERIC, the most comprehensive education database in the world, was begun in
1966. With over 700,000 references to journal articles and documents, ERIC is
never "weeded." The material that was entered into the database in 1966 is still
there for those doing research or needing historical data. In addition to
curricula, ERIC contains research, position papers, program descriptions, and a
myriad of other materials. ERIC provides full text of documents through the ERIC
Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) and is updated monthly.
VECM, the Vocational Education Curriculum Materials database, is produced
jointly by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education and the six
regional Curriculum Coordination Centers. VECM contains descriptions of many
print and nonprint materials including microcomputer courseware. It lists an
availability source--often a CCC--for every item. Users can order or borrow the
material from that source. VECM is updated quarterly.
Searches of the ERIC and VECM databases can be done through many SLRs,
vocational education resource centers, at most university and state libraries,
through other information services, or at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult,
Career, and Vocational Education. Contact one of them directly to find out the
details of their services.
In addition to the vocational curricula that are
available through ERIC, VECM, a State Liaison Representative, a state vocational
education resource center, and the regional CCCs, there are various consortia
and commercial producers of instructional and research materials. These agencies
offer a variety of types and formats--task lists, competency-based materials,
videos, computer software, position papers--in all areas of vocational and
technical education. Contact the agencies for their current product catalogs.
Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS), 1866 Southern
Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 (404/329-6543).
The purpose of V-TECS is to promote the systematic development and
implementation of competency-based vocational-technical education by securing
the active participation of state departments, vocational-technical education
agencies, and other organizations in the analysis of jobs and the organization
of job-related information; the development of vehicles for assessing student
achievement; and the design, development, or acquisition of instructional
materials that provide a validated link between education and employment.
V-TECS offers catalogs that include worker tasks, tool and/or material lists,
information on how to perform those tasks, and the standards of component task
performance. All components are validated by workers in the specific occupation.
V-TECS curriculum guides include units of instruction that complement the V-TECS
catalogs with the support knowledge needed for task performance, learning
activities, performance evaluation, and student information. Materials are
developed by instructors and workers in the particular occupation.
The computer-based Occupational Data Analysis System (ODAS), also available
through V-TECS, describes the skill requirements of jobs and the level of
training required, the skills included in training programs, and transferable
skills. It also identifies common skills, so that programs can be clustered for
new and emerging occupations, and the special needs accommodation required of
different jobs. ODAS can be used in curriculum development, assessment and
training of displaced workers, placement and guidance, economic development,
clustering, and short-term training.
V-TECS also has criterion-referenced test items, and it offers customized
inservice programs, workshops, seminars, and technical assistance. They maintain
a network of professionals who can meet the demands of a particular program.
Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium (MAVCC), 1500 West Seventh
Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74074-4364 (405/377-2000).
MAVCC, an organization of 11 states, develops competency-based instructional
materials mutually needed by those states. Member states are Arkansas, Colorado,
Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South
Dakota, and Texas. Publications are for sale to anyone. MAVCC develops
competency-based curriculum guides that provide instructors with a valuable tool
for better lesson planning, classroom instruction, evaluation of student
progress, and testing for program accountability. The guides include lists of
objectives, suggested activities, information sheets, transparency masters,
assignment sheets, job sheets, unit tests, and answer sheets. MAVCC develops
printed materials, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
American Association of Vocational Instructional Materials (AAVIM), 120
Driftmier Engineering Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
AAVIM products provide students, teachers, and administrators with up-to-date
training practices and procedures. Modules, guides, and tests are designed for
group and individual use. AAVIM produces an array of print and audiovisual
materials and computer software in all areas of vocational-technical education.
Two of their product groups are described here. Competency-based administrator
education (CBAE) materials are an approach to the preparation and professional
development of vocational-technical leadership personnel. Performance of the
competencies provides the administrator with the knowledge required to perform
the competencies essential to success program administration. Performance-based
teacher education (PBTE) materials, developed by the Center on Education and
Training for Employment, are an approach to instructor preparation that requires
demonstration of essential teaching tasks in an actual teaching situation. They
are designed for preservice and inservice training of secondary and
postsecondary vocational-technical educators.
In summary, for information about locating or obtaining vocational education
curriculum materials, contact your State Liaison Representative, the regional
Curriculum Coordination Center that represents your state, your state vocational
education resource center, or Judy Wagner, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career,
and Vocational Education, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090.
Disclaimer: This ERIC Digest is not intended to be a definitive list of
sources for vocational education curricula. There are many other commercial and
nonprofit agencies that produce and sell vocational education instructional
materials. This Digest provides a starting point for those who have no ready