ERIC Number: ED158148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A System for Evaluating Career Education in Minnesota: 1972-73. A Final Report of Exemplary Programs in Career Education.
Smith, Brandon B.
An evaluation was conducted on seven career education projects in seven Minnesota school districts. Formative and summative evaluation methods were used to assess teachers' and directors' project implementation and the impact on students' (grades 1 to 9) cognitive achievement. Self evaluation forms were used to obtain information from and to provide feedback to teachers and directors. These forms, collected over seven months, provided a baseline which was used to detect differences in implementation strategies. It was concluded that the seven projects implemented career education in different ways, utilized different instructional techniques, differed in average number of activities conducted, and distributed the instruction and preparation amount differently among activities conducted. Experimental students (who had had career education) and control students (who had not had career education) were administered tests designed to assess the impact of career education on their cognitive achievements. The tests, reliable for both experimental and control groups, detected relatively large differences among grades (maturity levels) for both groups. Small achievement differences, sometimes inconsistent, were found between the experimental and control groups and among the seven experimental projects. The relative impact of career education instruction on the cognitive achievement of students was small and not educationally significant. (Author/CSS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.