ERIC Number: ED159416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Florida's Vocational Curriculum System: Needs Assessment and Prioritization.
Kromhout, Ora M.
This paper describes an information system designed for data-based decision making by a state vocational education agency in prioritizing courses for instructional materials development or acquisition. This needs assessment system is the second part of a project which focused attention on the need for competency-based instruction. The information system is described as follows. A survey instrument, administered statewide to teachers in selected vocational courses, is used to measure the quality of materials currently in use in terms of discrepancy-from-ideal (D). The importance (I) for each course of developing instructional materials is calculated as the weighted mean of several factors, such as number of students, placement statistics, job market prospects (demand), job earnings, cost category, and other factors. A priority index, the product of I times D, is used to rank order the courses. Appendixes in this document include the importance factor weighting instrument, a sample page from the instructional materials assessment survey (IMAS), an IMAS course/program information summary sheet, and a pair-comparison instrument. (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Competency Based Education, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Quality, Information Systems, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Education, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Florida State University, Attn: Ora Kromhout, Career Education Center, 415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306 (No charge, limited copies available)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida; Instructional Materials Assessment Survey
Note: Pages 22 and 25 will not reproduce well because of poor print quality; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)