ERIC Number: ED215185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Cost-Effectiveness Comparision of Two Types of Occupational Home Economics Programs in the State of Kentucky. Final Report.
Gabbard, Lydia Carol Moore
A study compared the cost effectiveness of secondary child care and commercial foods occupational home economics programs in Kentucky. Identified as dependent variables in the study were program effectiveness, cost efficiency, and cost effectiveness ratio. Program expenditures, community size, and program age were considered as independent variables. Using the Kim and Harris Cost Effectiveness Analysis Model for Secondary Vocational Programs, researchers administered questionnaires to persons employing completers of, and persons completing, 9 child care and 11 commercial foods programs, computed individual program costs, and determined cost effectiveness ratios for each program based on program effectiveness and program cost data. After identifying the most and least effective programs in each category, researchers concluded that (1) the commercial foods programs were more effective than the child care programs; (2) program effectiveness and cost effectiveness increased with program age; (3) a correlation existed between community size and expenditures; (4) rural child care programs were generally less cost effective; and (5) the percentage of student completers employed in their field of training was higher for commercial foods programs. Recommendations included calls for increased efforts to match student vocational objectives and program goals and for replication of the study in other areas. (MN)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Food Service, Occupational Home Economics, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Costs, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, State Programs, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Bureau of Vocational Education.