ERIC Number: ED394036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Progress in Partnership: Evaluations of "Education Business Links" and "Teacher Placement."
Wilson, Valerie; And Others
This publication reports two evaluations carried out in 1995 that concerned initiatives in Scotland aimed to encourage the further development of links between education and industry. "Focus on Partnership" discusses a study to review the effectiveness of the Education Business Partnerships (EBP) initiative and the resulting policy implications and to suggest how the Teacher Placement Service (TPS) might best be organized in the future. This study included interviews with 11 key informants in business and education, 5 focus group meetings, a mail survey of 18 school board members and 13 EBP managers, and a telephone survey of 7 EBP conveners. These conclusions are reported: EBPs are generally perceived as fulfilling a coordinating function; EBPs have brought education and business closer together; success is at the level of divisionwide rather than school-based initiatives; and local strategies are best developed through an iterative process among Local Enterprise Companies, EBPs, and other partners. Criteria essential to success of a partnership are identified. "Changing Places" reports research that explored the concept of teacher placement and the extent to which it was capable of delivering effective staff development. This study included interviews with 5 key informants, case studies of TPS in 3 regions, 2 focus group meetings, and a Delphi panel of 20 informants. These conclusions are reported: the way teacher placement is conceptualized and operationalized varies greatly; those with personal experience of teacher placement are most positive about its role in staff development; quality placements produce extremely cost-effective curriculum and personal development for teachers; and there is little evidence that placements are integrated into school development planning. Criteria for successful teacher placements are identified. The report contains 24 references, a topic guide for the TPS evaluation, and collated issues from the Delphi group. (YLB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience Programs
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom (7 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Note: This report presents the results of two evaluations funded by Scottish Enterprise.