ERIC Number: ED351547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a School-TAFE Link: An Empirical Model.
Navaratnam, K. K.
An empirical model for evaluating a school-TAFE (technical and further education) link program was derived from the results of an evaluation of a Queensland, Australia, program. The program established a TAFE center run by the county TAFE college on high school grounds, in which students could take 50% of their courses. The evaluation gathered information from the high school, TAFE, and community. The following criteria were used: suitability of location, effectiveness of organizational structure, use of resources, use of staff, suitability of curriculum, cost effectiveness, achievement of expected outcomes, and alternative solutions. For each criterion, relevant questions were generated to gather both qualitative and quantitative information. Field test results were as follows: the location was not suitable due to lack of potential growth and employment opportunities and small town population; layout of the building inhibited offerings of new programs; center and school staff did not communicate regularly; with no updated written policies on center organization and operation, resources and facilities were not being used to their potential; subjects offered provided very limited employment prospects; and although TAFE students acquired job skills and experience, they were not offered classes for entrance to university education. Options included closing down the center, improving it, or reorganizing it. (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Educational Mobility, Educational Planning, Field Tests, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland); TAFE (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Curriculum Conference of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (Adelaide, Australia, July 11-14, 1991).