ERIC Number: ED140010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
What Happens After Training: A Review of Follow-Up of Vocational Graduates.
Paul, Krishan K.
A review of followup study research is reported which focused on issues and trends in the evaluation of vocational education programs and their implications for human resource development. The analysis of representative studies selected from a survey of the literature is divided into four sections, one for each of four types of studies: (1) Administrative reports, (2) comparative studies, (3) cost-benefit analysis studies, and (4) studies relating to the development of technology, instrumentation, data systems, methodology, and guides and manuals. A brief summary is presented on the usefulness of each type of study, and general comments are added regarding future trends for followup research and criteria used to evaluate vocational programs. The overall conclusion stated is that followup studies continue to suffer from some severe problems, some of which are procedural and others conceptual. These problems are listed, and recommendations are made regarding (1) the need for increased research activities on relationships between vocational education and economic cycles and (2) the need to encourage and sponsor research efforts on a higher scale at the State, regional, and national levels. A bibliography lists 37 studies. (JT)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Labor Force Development, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Research Reviews (Publications), Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nashville Urban Observatory, TN.
Note: Appendix A, "An Initial Follow-up Survey of Former Vocational Students" (source: The Center for Vocational Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio), and appendix B, containing the "Employer Questionnaire" and "Employee Performance Survey" (source: Department of Industrial Education, University of Minnesota) were copyrighted and therefore removed ; They are not included in the pagination