ERIC Number: ED182456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Program Improvement: One State's Approach; Technical Paper.
McCage, Ronald D.
Described in this paper is one state's approach to the development and operation of a Research Coordinating Unit (RCU), which is designed to orchestrate research and development activities in vocational education within a state. This approach, based on Illinois's model, depicts program improvement as a continuous process involving such activities as priority determination, research, product development and testing, diffusion, implementation, and impact assessment. The paper is divided into five sections. Section 1 defines a research coordinating unit, explains the purpose of this paper, reviews vocational education program legislation, discusses the influence of the Committee on Vocational Education Research and Development (COVERD) study, and summarizes the key provisions of Subpart 3, Title II of P.L. 94-482. Section 2 discusses the program improvement response from Illinois. Section 3 describes the elements of the research and development section of Illinois's RCU, including the conceptual model for operation, administrative structure, priority setting procedures, evaluation/impact/dissemination/reporting procedures, and university personnel development liaison linkages. Section 4 provides a framework for comprehensive program improvement based on key elements of the Illinois model, and section 5 contains the appendixes, including related forms and guidelines. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1976