ERIC Number: ED110674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Critique of Research Entitled "The Effectiveness of Public and Proprietary Occupational Training" by Wellford W. Wilms.
American Vocational Association, Inc., Washington, DC.
The findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Wilms study leave much to be desired. The reported results and interpretation of those results are generally not supported, nor was the design adequate either to confirm or refute the author's central hypothesis. In its present state, the report of the study cannot serve as a valid professional reporting source. The report departs from the generally accepted format of scientific reports and mixes facts and interpretations rather freely. In order to assess the study, therefore, the reviewers were forced to reconstruct it according to the logical sequence found in most technical reports, i.e., problem, objectives, method, results, conclusions, and recommendations. The review conforms to that sequence. The reviewers believe that few verifiable results have emerged, or could have emerged, from the study because of numerous design flaws and a severe lack of the design and procedural information which would be needed to evaluate the study's adequacy. Editorializing of the author's biases and assumptions occur throughout the report, unsupported by study data. When the data do not support the author's expectations, there seems to be a tendency to dispell undesired conclusions with an alternative explanation or assumption not based on study data. (Author/PR)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Inc., Washington, DC.