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Technician education and training: a plan for systemic change
Author(s): Daniel M. Hull

Paper Abstract

World-Class Technicians in emerging and rapidly changing fields such as Photonics require interdisciplinary technical skills, a strong, practical academic/technical core, highly interactive people skills, and the ability to think critically and solve open-ended problems. An improved curriculum and delivery system is required that spans both secondary and post-secondary experiences, along with employer-provided internships. A strong, useful math/science foundation must be provided using contextual teaching and learning strategies. A Photonics Technician education program will be presented that demonstrates the new curriculum model described above. The Photonics Technician Program has been recently designed and developed in the USA under an NSF grant. It is being tested in community and technical colleges. The technical aspects of the program are based on a Laser/Electro-Optics Technology curriculum, developed by CORD, that has been successfully used by twenty-five colleges as well as hundreds of businesses in the USA over the last twenty-five years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468683
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Daniel M. Hull, CORD---Ctr. for Occupational Research and Development (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4588:
Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tuan-Kay Lim; Robert P. Breault; Arthur H. Guenther; Arthur H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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