ERIC Number: ED120393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Appraisal of Group Project Effectiveness in Vocational Subjects Conducted as a Part of the Graduate Student Research Grant, Project No. 19-004-151-223; Final Report.
Myers, Keith R.
An evaluation of group project activities in terms of participant acquisition of vocational skills and competencies was undertaken in secondary vocational and postsecondary vocational schools within Wisconsin and Minnesota. Questionnaires dealing with study objectives were administered to 234 students and 17 teachers involved in the activities, and on-site observations were made. Data were gathered from four basic gorups: (1) a spinning wheel class, (2) personally visited classes, (3) classes not visited, and (4) teachers. Methods and procedures are examined. Data were analyzed, when possible, by computer, using weighted scope analysis. Results are presented, based on an examination of each group project's data in relationship to objectives, and conclusions are made. It was determined that group project activities in vocational education provide: productive learning experiences; palatable activities; measured increases in group interaction; and achievement beyond course criterion level and attainment of career information. It was also concluded that no unique skills were required of the instructor. Figures and tables supplement the text. Appended materials include: questionnaires, pre- and posttests, forms, correspondence related to the four basic groups, and group project activity schools involved in the research study. (LH)
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Group Activities, Learning Activities, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Student Reaction, Tables (Data), Teacher Effectiveness, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.