ERIC Number: ED163166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Project to Demonstrate Incremental Improvements in a K-12 Career Education Program through an Exemplary Model. Evaluation Report.
Northwestern Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5, Edinboro, PA.
An evaluation was conducted to measure the effectiveness of the K-12 Career Education Curriculum Model developed and implemented in the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (Edinboro, Pennsylvania). (See CE 017 643 for a detailed description of the project.) Career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation of pupils, K-12, were evaluated using standardized tests (relating to academic achievement in reading, mathematics, and career knowledge) and evaluator-designed tests (relating to progress toward project objectives). A sample was drawn from the seventeen school districts participating, and a basic control-group, pretest-posttest design was utilized for testing. Questionnaires were administered to teachers and administrators. (Many of the instruments are appended.) Minimal differences in academic achievement were reported between the experimental and control groups. All groups made gains in achievement during the year, but it was not possible to show that the use of the career units influenced these gains. In the area of career education, the experimental kindergarten and second-grade groups scored significantly higher than their control groups, but no significant differences were detected at the higher grade levels. The evaluators felt that in the limited amount of time during which the students were exposed to the project the benefits of career education could not totally be assessed by the testing program. Satisfactory progress was made toward diffusion of the curriculum project, and feedback from teachers and administrators was generally favorable. (BM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Awareness, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Community Involvement, Computer Oriented Programs, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Occupational Clusters, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Resource Units, Standardized Tests, Teacher Developed Materials, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5, Edinboro, PA.
Identifiers: Education Amendments 1974; Pennsylvania
Note: Not available in hard copy due to faint and broken type in the original document; For related documents see CE 017 643, CE 019 276, ED 114 586, and ED 120 411