ERIC Number: ED194720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Cluster Approach to Secondary Vocational Education in Georgia. Final Report.
Scott, C. Paul; Connor, Charles C.
For use in planning high school vocational education programs, a study examined the success of Georgia vocational cluster programs in finding jobs, the adequacy of program training, and student attitudes towards the cluster approach. (The cluster concept involves broadly defined instructional programs around families of occupations.) The study limited itself to a noncomparative, purely descriptive approach toward students completing one or two years of study between 1970 and 1976 in one of five clusters: electromechanics, metal fabrication, construction, transportation, and health occupations. The majority of respondents (including graduates, employers, current students, teachers, and staff) considered the program a success. Recommendations include the following: (1) greater examination of enrollment trends in relation to job market needs; (2) continued recruitment of female students and concentration on job rather than in-field placement; (3) continuation of the cluster format; (4) standardized job market survey models; (5) studying differences between one- and two-year students; (6) standardized job placement models and procedures; (7) further analysis of single- versus multi-cluster students; (8) analysis of student motivations; and (9) dissemination of program response and study results. (Survey respondent comments, project schedules and control charts, a cluster program graduate census, sampling distribution, and current student survey are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Coll. of Education.