ERIC Number: ED206813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Development of Procedures for Assessing the Impact of Vocational Education Research and Development on Vocational Education (Project IMPACT). Volume 4--A Case Study of Illinois Projects in Horticulture.
Hook, Colin; Ethridge, James
As part of Project IMPACT's efforts to identify and develop procedures for complying with the impact requirements of Public Law 94-482, a case study was made of Illinois Projects in Horticulture. Fourteen horticulture projects in high schools and junior colleges were discovered through a previous study, personal interviews with two University of Illinois professors, and information from the State Vocational Education office. Information on the projects was obtained from project directors, a state consultant, and participating teachers. A sample of 18 schools and a junior college were visited to assess the impact of these projects on the horticulture instructors and on the horticulture programs. Although fewer than half of the teachers sampled had attended the workshops described in the 14 projects, it was found that the materials produced in the projects were circulated widely beyond workshop attendees. It was also found that the Vocational Agriculture Service's "AIDS" publication was disseminated to nearly all the teachers in the state, and that there was a need for periodic ornamental horticulture workshops since there was frequent teacher turnover in this field. Project IMPACT discovered that in quantitative terms, the greatest documented impact of the horticulture funding in the state has been the increase in the number of programs claiming reimbursements for vocational horticulture-- from just one program in 1967 to 133 in 1977--at a cost of less than $200,000. But the impact these programs have had on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, or employability of horticulture students remains an unanswered question. (KC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Horticulture, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Div. of Adult Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Identifiers: Education Amendments 1976; Illinois; Impact; Project IMPACT
Note: For related documents see ED 203 119 and CE 029 818-826.