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ERIC Number: ED134725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
People's Need for Additional Job Training: Development and Evaluation of an Assessment Procedure.
Copa, George H.; Maurice, Clyde F.
A procedure was developed and evaluated for assessing the self-perceived educational needs of people as one input to the process of planning, approving, and implementing relevant educational programs. The method of data collection involved selecting samples of people by randomly selecting households in a given geographic area, and then contacting the residents of selected households to obtain an assessment of their job training needs. Contact with the households was made through three mailings and a telephone followup. The questionnaire which was used focused on collecting the following kinds of information: (1) Characteristics of those wanting additional training (e.g., age, sex, location, employment status), (2) type of training interest (e.g., secretarial, electronics, welding), (3) why training was needed (e.g., prepare for a first job, prepare for a job change), (4) time when a program can be attended (e.g., days, nights, weekends), and (5) barriers to attending an educational program (e.g., family obligations, lack of transportation). A random sample of 3,606 households in a nine-county area of Minnesota were selected and contacted with 63% response. Validity and reliability of questionnaire responses were evaluated. Total cost at the field site amounted to approximately $3.00 per household surveyed, or about 16 minutes of staff time per household. Major findings for the field site were that about 11% of residents over high school age and 85% of high school seniors perceived that they needed additional job training. Complete findings are included in the report along with the questionnaire and cover letters. (WL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Governor's Manpower Office, Minneapolis, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.
Note: For a related document see CE 009 45l