ERIC Number: ED337596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Vocational Education Delivery Systems. Final Report.
Arkansas State Univ., Jonesboro.
A 3-year project analyzed the Arkansas postsecondary vocational-technical education system to determine how effectively delivery was meeting the objective of providing vocational training. Two postsecondary vocational-technical schools in Northeast Arkansas were selected as pilot schools to test the innovative strategies that evolved from the project. The following research and survey activities were conducted: (1) a student survey to determine needs and preferences concerning vocational education; (2) program monitoring and evaluation; (3) survey of Mississippi County businesses and industries to determine needs; (4) student opinion polls to analyze perceptions of their vocational education experience; and (5) an administrator/instructor survey of perceptions of changes. Enrollment of the two pilot schools was monitored. Findings were used as the basis for these state-level recommendations: follow-up on new curriculum; designation of multiple exit points; syllabi development; a move to credit hours; more local contact by state-level program supervisors; provision of qualitative research information; articulation/dual admissions; upgrading of school facilities; and flexible scheduling. The following local-level recommendations were also made: articulation agreements, early access to counseling, early intervention, and recognition of successful graduates. (Appendixes, amounting to approximately one-half of the report, include instruments, proposed calendars, and model school plan.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Delivery Systems, Dropout Prevention, Educational Change, Educational Research, Enrollment Trends, Flexible Scheduling, Instructional Development, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Univ., Jonesboro.