ERIC Number: ED248398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of the Impact of the Bureau of Vocational Education's Handicapped Program. Final Report.
Dusewicz, Russell A.
Objectives of this assessment of Pennsylvania's vocational programs for the handicapped were to describe and evaluate the programs' impact and explore the local capability for offering vocational program services to the handicapped. Study methodology was guided by 23 evaluation questions representing five major study components: problems and needs, priorities, programs and activities, outcomes, and policies. Data sources were background information and existing documentation and files, interviews with Pennsylvania Department of Education officials, interviews with local education agencies, and a mail survey of projects. Pennsylvania's approach to funding vocational education programs for the handicapped was principally fiscal; state funding was distributed through an allocation method. The overwhelming majority of the programs were at the secondary level and represented continuation programs. The most frequent program activities were specific job skill training, individualized programming, general motivational skills training, and pre-employment services. Only about half of the activities represented "best practice." Little state-level interagency cooperation existed. Generally, the needs of program participants were met. Recommendations were made in these areas: definition of target population, method of funding allocation, exemplary project identification and dissemination, use of "best practice" techniques, enhancement of local program evaluations, interagency cooperation, and a stronger state education department leadership role. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Educational Research, Job Skills, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Aid, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Impact; Impact Studies; Pennsylvania
Note: For a related document, see CE 039 732.