ERIC Number: ED330816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Needs in Vocational-Technical Education in Iowa.
Lewis, Morgan V.; And Others
To fulfill an eligibility requirement of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, an assessment was conducted of the public vocational-technical programs offered in Iowa. Existing data and reports were reviewed, state staff were interviewed, and site visits to community colleges, area educational agencies, and high schools were conducted in Merged Area V, VI, and X. As part of the site visits, public meetings were held in these areas. A teleconference was also held to obtain comments and suggestions from across the state. The assessment focused on issues that were identified from a review of the new Perkins amendments and the standards for vocational programs set forth in Senate File 449, and from concerns raised by the Committee of Practitioners. The issues are: (1) relevance of programs to the workplace; (2) adequacy of facilities and equipment; (3) competencies, curriculum, and instructional materials; (4) integration of academic and vocational instruction; (5) student skill attainment and job placement; (6) articulation of secondary and postsecondary programs; (7) service to special populations; (8) vocational equity; (9) coordination and cooperation; and (10) the image of vocational education. The assessment concluded that for Iowa to implement the standards of Senate File 449, the major needs for program implementation and expansion are at the secondary level. The state plan for vocational education should include incentives to encourage local districts to cooperate among themselves and with the community colleges in the planning and delivery of vocational programs. (Six references and an appendix are included. The appendix contains needs assessment recommendations, lists of individuals contacted and teleconference participants, and background data.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Competence, Coordination, Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Equipment, Facilities, Instructional Materials, Job Placement, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Public Opinion, Relevance (Education), School Districts, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Iowa