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ERIC Number: ED137512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Empirical Determination of Effectiveness of a Competency Based Program in Distributive Education. Final Report.
Charters, Margaret; And Others
The primary objective of the Syracuse project was to make an empirical determination of the effectiveness of a competency-based (CB) distributive education program by comparing student achievement in three of its major components with similar traditionally organized courses at Syracuse, Buffalo, and Baruch. The three components were retailing, merchandising, and occupational work experience. In order to make the comparison, the three components were translated to a competency based format and implemented into the existing teacher preparation program. It was hypothesized that competency basing by the Houston "program translation" method would make possible implementation of the CB components in the limited time frame permitted by the project. This proved to be the case. The competencies developed were validated locally and statewide by a group of reactors including distributive education teachers, public school administrators, businessmen, and students. National validity was added by a comparison of the competencies with the technical objectives of the Lucy Crawford research study (1968). The competency based format was implemented in retailing in fall 1974 (N=67), in merchandising in spring 1975 (N=56), and in occupational work experience in fall 1975 (N=18). The project is developed and reported in a manner which provides a usable case history of the development and implementation of a CB program as well as an empirical comparison of student achievement in CB and nonCB programs. The study is also unique in that the components studied, while part of a teacher preparation program are in a content area rather than a professional education area. (Author/HD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Distributive Education, Educational Research, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Merchandising, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Retailing, Teacher Education Curriculum, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Coll. for Human Development.; Syracuse Univ., NY. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (Syracuse)