ERIC Number: ED126254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Factors, Priorities, and Information Needs in Planning Vocational Education: Views of Selected Educational Planners in Minnesota.
Copa, George H.; And Others
The study was designed to identify the factors, priorities, and information needs of vocational educational planners in Minnesota. Questions were formulated which focused on types of vocational programs, number of programs, schedule, and location of programs. Procedures for identifying factors, priorities, and information needs included (1) use of simulation and content analysis, (2) developing simulation exercises and an information base, (3) developing data collection and analysis techniques, and (4) pilot testing of procedures. Participants of the study (educational planners from local and State educational agencies involved in vocational education, persons outside vocational education, and persons not involved in education) underwent eight simulation exercises in two days. A content analysis of the written individual position papers and the tape recorded group sessions for each of the exercises was conducted. There were 173 factors cited which were categorized under satisfaction, satisfactoriness, efficiency, alternative sources, quality, equal opportunity, legal, and mutual satisfaction. A discussion of the results and implications of the study are presented. A list of five recommendations is included. Appended materials include a description of a pseudo State, a sample simulation exercise, factors cited by participants, and information requested by participants. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.