ERIC Number: ED072214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Comparative Costs of Manpower Education: A Methodological Study.
Lyman, Jay Rich
The objective of this study was to establish a criteria and model for comparative evaluation of manpower educational programs. The criteria developed deals with resource allocation in manpower education programs and how well those programs meet the needs of industry. In the proposed model, an occupation is reduced to its basic skills, which are called characteristics. The list of characteristics becomes a vector of characteristics associated with that specific occupation. The relative prices associated with each characteristic become a vector of relative weights which the employer places on the corresponding elements in the vector of characteristics. A point plan of job evaluation was adapted for use in evaluating the characteristics, and a vector of relative prices is generated using the point plan. A modified price vector is obtained when certain constraints are placed on the characteristics and their prices. The modified price vector is used to provide a relative measure of efficacy between the various educational programs employing the same type of inputs and obtaining similar outputs. Efficacy is measured by the Euclidian distance between the modified price vector and the vector of instructional times allocated to the curriculum. The smaller the Euclidean distance, the closer the schools to meeting the demands of industry. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Programs, Educational Research, Employment Qualifications, Input Output Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Program Costs, Research Methodology, Resource Allocation
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Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Research Coordinating Unit.
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, California Univ., Davis