ERIC Number: ED208198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Curriculum Development Project: Needs Assessment Stage. Final Report, July 1, 1980-June 30, 1981.
New Jersey Vocational-Technical Curriculum Laboratory, New Brunswick.
A literature search in the area of vocational education for special needs persons indicated a lack of a needs assessment survey that would help identify the problems of the urban handicapped population in terms of the influence of the total environment on this population. Therefore, a research effort was made with the following objectives: (1) the formative development of a statewide curriculum needs assessment model compatible with the data collection systems in New Jersey; and (2) the application of project findings to the satisfaction of identified needs. The target population consisted of the key people who directly affect the environment of the urban handicapped student population: employers, parents, handicapped students, special education teachers, coordinators, administrators, and child study teams. A survey instrument was developed, tested by representatives of these groups in a college class, then more widely administered. Data also was collected from state and federal data bases and 21 site visitations to vocational schools. All survey items were field tested to assess the level of validity and reliability before incorporation into the final needs assessment model. The model developed was significant in that it provided a systematic approach to the consideration of a host of variables affecting curricular decisions in vocational education. A distinguishing feature of this model is its ability to react to all program areas of vocational education in an equal fashion. (KC)
Descriptors: Community Surveys, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Sex Stereotypes, Special Education, Statewide Planning, Urban Education, Urban Environment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Vocational-Technical Curriculum Laboratory, New Brunswick.
Identifiers: New Jersey