ERIC Number: ED219626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
To Determine the Feasibility of a Vocational Curriculum Management System for the State of Iowa.
Van Ast, John
Iowa State University conducted a study to determine the feasibility of a vocational curriculum management system for the state of Iowa. Interest in and potential use of a curriculum management system were determined by surveying a sample population of 450 vocational educators on both secondary and postsecondary levels. The educators indicated that they would use such a resource if it were made available and that units of instruction were their number one priority when choosing curriculum materials. Respondents reported that the key to such a center would be marketing--that educators must know what resources and services are available and how to use the center. Based on this expressed need, a proposed model was developed, using a conceptual framework of the five management functions (planning, organizing, implementing, controlling, and evaluating). Major components of the model include (1) identification of vocational curriculum needs; (2) determination of instructional materials priorities; (3) establishment of curriculum standards and policies; (4) state approval; (5) material review; (6) pilot or field testing; (7) duplication or acquisition of materials; (8) staff development for diffusion/dissemination; (9) local use by teachers and students; and (10) evaluation. Costs for establishing, maintaining, and providing services of a curriculum management system were determined, and recommendations for establishing the center were made. (KC)
Descriptors: Cost Estimates, Curriculum Study Centers, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Information Dissemination, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Resource Materials, Resource Units, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Area Schools and Career Education Branch.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Industrial Education.
Identifiers: Curriculum Management; Iowa