Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

First Advisor

Gary Stewardson

Abstract

The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) has indicated in the objectives for many courses that students need to be able to identify measurements on a conventional ruler including 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16-inch increments (Utah State Office of Education Career and Technology Education Division, 2012, p. 2). This objective is present in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Introduction, a required class for all Utah seventh graders, and is repeated in most of the CTE Technology and Engineering courses offered in the state. In conference with many other technology teachers, it has been observed that although they have taught this curriculum for years, they continue to observe that the student’s level of retention is low. They always have to reteach the measurement lesson in each of the successive technology education classes the student’s take. Some students have taken many courses that contain this instruction and yet they still seem to struggle to be proficient in meeting this objective. In an effort to align curriculum between the high schools and junior high schools in the Alpine School District in Utah, vertical alignment meetings were held. In the area of CTE Technology and Engineering, and Skilled and Technical Sciences, it was determined that one of the skills students entering high school lack is the ability to measure accurately. These students are being taught year after year and they are not retaining the knowledge.

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