ERIC Number: ED178697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan-20
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Assessment/Evaluation of Occupational Programs for Disadvantaged and Handicapped Students. Final Report.
Programs for secondary and postsecondary youth, ages 15-24, in occupational programs for the handicapped or disadvantaged in North Carolina comprised the target population for this evaluative study. Procedures involved three levels of analysis for the data collected--the policy level, involving examination of existing legislation, rules, and report; administrative review via interview with state officials; and program effectiveness assessment through surveys and visitation. Data analysis involved use of descriptive statistics, especially frequency distribution, priority ranks, and percentage grouping by blocking variables. Findings and conclusions centered on the following critical issues: (1) Barriers: these concern major deficiencies--lack of understanding, lack of expertise, procedures, and specific materials, and lack of facilities and equipment; (2) Needs: sixty-five program elements were force-ranked to prioritize needs for such as counselors, work-study coordinators, tutorial services, and transportation; (3) Planning: systematic and comprehensive planning is lacking, it being particularly haphazard and fragmented at the local level; (4) Training: this critical area has yet to be addressed systematically; (5) Funding Problems: basically, no-one knows how much it costs to service special needs students; (6) Coordination and Cooperation: isolation rather than interaction characterizes the local level, with interaction usually resulting from individual initiative; (7) Policy: until recently a neglected concern, policy has benefitted from recently completed ground-level efforts; (8) Program Operations: most programs are in an early stage of development, a few being in an advanced state. (Suggested recommendations and remedies are included in a special appendix.) (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: System Sciences, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers: North Carolina