ERIC Number: ED167743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Technical Report of an Evaluation/Follow-Up System. [Volume 1].
Harris, J. A.; And Others
To obtain quantifiable employment information and identify training weaknesses of former vocational technical students, a comprehensive follow-up questionnaire was developed and validated. The new questionnaire, after review and revision, was field tested, using twenty-five randomly selected former students (placed in occupations related to their training) and twenty-two of their supervisors. Respondents were asked to identify ambiguous words, questions, etc; respond to each applicable question in terms of questions and scale values; offer program improvement comments; and rate ten question categories from most to least important. Several of the findings were (1) to avoid late returns it is advisable to collect responses at on-site visitation; (2) response rate, validity, reliability (.778), and comments indicate questionnaire is appropriate for the intended purpose; (3) the nine-point rating scale and "not applicable" option produced sufficient variance to provide useful data; (4) a questionnaire user's guide is needed; and (5) former students' supervisors should be the questionnaire respondents. It is recommended that, following revision, the questionnaire be put into immediate use for on-site follow-up; a user's guide be developed and disseminated; and twice yearly instructors should answer the questionnaire for self-evaluation. (Four other recommendations are offered. Appendixes contain the Appalachian Regional Commission evaluation form, on-site follow-up forms, and field validation form.) (CSS)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Evaluation Criteria, Field Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Personnel Evaluation, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Research Reports, Supervisors, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Training, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pickens Area Vocational-Technical School, Jasper, GA.
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