ERIC Number: ED365791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Value Added in Further Education. One Aspect of FEU's Continuing Quality Work.
Further Education Unit, London (England).
The Further Education Unit's (FEU's) current quality projects in Great Britain include Trialling TQM [total quality management], Maintaining Quality During Curriculum Change, and value-added work. The FEU value-added project consisted of a survey of 125 technical colleges to discover the extent of value-added activity and a short-term working group set up in response to the survey to develop the value-added work in further education. The survey demonstrated that there is widespread interest in the development of value-added methods and techniques and that, despite some interesting small-scale practice, few colleges had developed systematic ways of capturing the data needed to measure value added. The short-term working group of representatives from five colleges is continuing to work on defining, measuring, and reporting value added. Before undertaking the development work in their own colleges, members have needed to develop a shared understanding of the measurement of value added and the additional difficulties in applying such measures to the further education context. Measuring value added involves a longitudinal analysis of many individual student performances. Measuring value in further education is problematic because students on entry often have more diverse attainments than 16-year-olds and the curriculum includes many different vocational levels. A need clearly exists for resources and staff expertise to undertake development of value-added work in further education. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: Further Education Unit (England); Great Britain; Value Added