ERIC Number: ED351567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Local Accountability in Vocational Education: A Theoretical Model and Its Limitations in Practice.
Stecher, Brian M.; Hanser, Lawrence M.
A study sought to determine the extent to which local accountability systems exist in vocational education and to describe the nature of the underlying relationships between such programs and their constituents. Data were collected through interviews from two local vocational education programs in each of five states (California, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Oklahoma) and their state departments of education. Four major conclusions were reached: (1) there is widespread evidence of functioning local accountability systems in vocational programs; (2) these systems can be described in terms of goals, measures, information feedback loops, and change mechanisms and the relationships between those components; (3) the quality of these components and the relationships between them account for much of the variation in local accountability systems and limitations in the components interfere with the overall effectiveness of the accountability system; and (4) many practical constraints that reduce the effectiveness of the components in local systems can be identified. Examples of the practical constraints included: (1) goals that were ineffective because they were so broad or vague that it was difficult to know when they were achieved, goals that were not supported by relevant constituencies, and no stated priorities among goals; (2) measures that were ineffective because they were not consonant with or sufficient to encompass goals, of adequate technical quality, or not meaningful to constituents; and (3) feedback that is deficient because of insufficient communication, inaccurate communication, or a high rate of communication with very little useful content. (CML)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Feedback, High Schools, Organizational Change, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), State Departments of Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: California; Florida; Michigan; Ohio; Oklahoma