ERIC Number: ED209446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Establishment of a Data Base for Use in the Development of a Model for Awarding Academic Credit to CETA Participants. Final Report for Governor's Special Grant.
Attivo, Barbara J.; And Others
A study was conducted to examine methods through which Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) participants may be awarded credit for participation in CETA-sponsored programs in Pennsylvania. To accomplish this, CETA prime sponsors, CETA program operators, and a group of randomly selected potential program operators were surveyed. After identifying programs that had established credit-awarding procedures, on-site interviews were conducted to determine how this credit was awarded, the extent of credit awarded, the types of activities for which the credit was awarded, and the strengths and weaknesses of the credit-awarding process. The results of the study indicated that less than one-half of the respondents who operated programs awarded credit for CETA-sponsored activities, while half of those who did not award credit believed that awarding credit was inappropriate. A problem viewed by both proponents and nonproponents of awarding credit was that the participants were paid, and program operators forecasted or perceived negative community reactions for "paying students to go to school." Some respondents who did not award credit had an erroneous understanding of the process for granting credit. Programs that did award credit gave it for classroom experiences such as development of job-seeking skills, remedial and developmental instruction in English, reading, mathematics, and attainment of consumer skills, with .5 to 2.0 credits being awarded. It was recommended that a model for awarding credit be developed and more information about the credit-granting process be given to program operators, school boards, and community groups. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act; Pennsylvania