ERIC Number: ED247416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of the Impact of the Bureau of Vocational Education's Program for Disadvantaged Populations in Pennsylvania. October 1, 1983 - June 30, 1984. Final Report.
Iutcovich, Joyce Miller
This project assessed the impact of the Bureau of Vocational Education's Program for Disadvantaged Populations in Pennsylvania during the period 1979-1982. Data gathered from each funded project via a mailed questionnaire were both quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed. In addition, on-site visits to 10 projects produced additional qualitative data and provided greater insight into vocational education for the disadvantaged. The research showed that the program had strength, integrity, and a high-quality, motivated staff; that it served a variety of needs within the target population, although the major focus was on improving academic skills and skill training; and that adequate records were maintained to document service delivery. However, the program's greatest difficulty was in regard to program objectives and procedures. The researchers concluded that this problem lies not in the individual programs and their specific objectives and procedures, but rather with the vagueness of the state goals and subgoals. Recommendations for improvement included development of specific measurable objectives for education of disadvantaged populations in the state, implementation of an evaluation system, more contact between the Bureau of Vocational Education and funded programs, improvement of the image of vocational education, earlier introduction of career education, and improvement of education for teachers of the disadvantaged. (Appendixes, amounting to almost half of the document, include the research instrument, interview schedule, data tables, scaling procedure, and list of site visits.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Education, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Inst. of Research, Erie, PA.