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ERIC Number: ED103722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 12
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Policy Research and National and State Evaluation Studies of Vocational-Technical Education.
Schaefer, Carl J.
Vocational-technical education has neglected the area of policy research, not because Federal support preempts the policy-making role, but for a combination of reasons: (1) adverse reaction to a vocational-technical program is not welcomed by its authors and benefactors, (2) vocational-technical educators are not typically researchers, (3) the need for study of a problem is precluded by the need for action, (4) researchers within and outside the field are not trusted to understand the problems, and (5) educators in vocational-technical education are reluctant to sacrifice any of the independence presently enjoyed by State and local leadership. Policy research is necessary, however. The image of vocational-technical education is suffering because the evidence supporting its worth has not been collected, organized, and analyzed. Studies which have been conducted (Kaufman and Schaefer, Walter M. Arnold, Arthur M. Lee) do not attempt to measure in an analytic sense what policy produces the best results. This is the time to involve social and behavioral scientists in vocational-technical education evaluation, to convince political authorities that the data do support the conjectures, and to be an accountable member of the educational system in terms of funding and policy. (AG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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