ERIC Number: ED252680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Evaluation of Vocational Education Consumer and Homemaking Programs. Final Report.
Sutter, Sally A.
A systematic, statewide study of vocational education consumer and homemaking programs was conducted in Pennsylvania to gather data for use in decision-making concerning future funding and for redirection and improvement of these programs. Data were gathered through review of funded projects; questionnaires to school districts; in-depth study of 21 districts; and interviews with school administrators, classroom teachers, guidance counselors, and students. The data pertained to the background of federal funding, the role of consumer and homemaking education in overall state strategy, and the results for the learners of participation in these programs. Some of the conclusions of the study were the following: (1) the impact of the program, as described by students and teachers was preparation for independent living and home and family life; (2) programs provide an opportunity to encourage potential dropouts to remain in school; (3) programs contribute to overall strategy of vocational education for the state and conform to guidelines that are related to funding legislation; and (4) maintenance of these programs creates a dependency upon entitlement funds and without continued funding, the majority of programs would not exist in their present forms. Recommendations for program improvement include a need for statewide leadership and direction and a need for teacher participation in inservice training. (Extensive appendixes include project correspondence; funding procedure information; a matrix for project review; and forms for questionnaires, interviews, monitoring, and accountability.) (KC)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Dropout Prevention, Educational Benefits, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Home Economics, Homemaking Skills, Occupational Home Economics, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Federal Aid, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: N/A