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ERIC Number: ED019516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 49
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AN ANALYSIS OF COST AND PERFORMANCE FACTORS IN THE OPERATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS. FINAL REPORT.
ALTMAN, JAMES W.; DUEKER, RICHARD L.
IN A STUDY TO IDENTIFY THE KINDS OF COST AND RELATED DATA THAT CAN BE OBTAINED TO AID PLANNING AND EVALUATING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, THE ATTRITION OF THE SAMPLE OF 16 COMPREHENSIVE AND 16 VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ASKED TO PARTICIPATE AND THE DATA COLLECTION PROBLEMS MADE THE AUTHORS SKEPTICAL OF ANY SUBSTANTIVE RESULTS. LIMITED DATA WERE COLLECTED FROM SCHOOLS BY MEANS OF QUESTIONNAIRES AND INTERVIEWS AND FROM EARLIER STUDIES. AN ORGANIZED BODY OF PERFORMANCE DATA WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT ANY OF THE SCHOOLS, AND AVAILABLE COST DATA DID NOT READILY LEND THEMSELVES TO MEANINGFUL ANALYSIS. FINDINGS, IF ACCEPTED AT FACE VALUE, SUGGESTED--(1) ACCORDING TO DATA REPORTED BY FIVE VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND FOUR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS, THE GENERAL COST OF EDUCATION IN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS WAS LOWER THAN IN VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS FOR 1961-62, BUT ROSE MUCH MORE RAPIDLY TO APPROXIMATE THE COST IN VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS BY 1965-66, AND (2) DATA FROM FOUR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS SHOWED THAT THE COSTS OF ACADEMIC-GENERAL (NONVOCATIONAL) EDUCATION WERE HIGHER THAN FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THE FISCAL YEARS, 1961-62, 1963-64, AND 1965-66. IT DID NOT APPEAR LIKELY THAT AVAILABLE COST OR PERFORMANCE DATA WOULD SERVE THE LONG-RANGE NEEDS OF EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION AND PLANNING. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION UNDERTAKE A FEASIBILITY AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN STUDY FOR AN EVALUATION AND PLANNING INFORMATION SYSTEM WHICH WOULD ENCOMPASS ALL EDUCATION, NOT ONLY VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA.
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