ERIC Number: ED190832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-30
Dissemination and Utilization of Vocational Education Program Improvement Products. Phase One, October 1, 1979, through June 30, 1980.
Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Phase 1 goal of a project was to provide the theoretical and methodological base for formulation of a prototype model of a comprehensive and effective system of disseminating vocational education improvement products. Major activities were divided into five categories: literature reviews, conferences and workshops, consultations, questionnaire surveys, and related activities. The literature review provided a theoretical background, knowledge of past research on dissemination, overview of characteristics of dissemination models, and a tool to identify groups and networks involved in the dissemination process. Expressed concerns and conclusions of eight conferences and workshops were to be reflected in the development of the prototype model. The staff also consulted with people working in the area of dissemination on the local level and visited Florida, an exemplary state. Two sample questionnaires were designed, mailed, and preliminarily analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of dissemination and diffusion strategies used in moving program improvement products from the development to the utilization stage. One tested the relationship between how a product is obtained and how it is used; the second tested the effectiveness of various dissemination activities relative to their desired effect. (Appendixes include a bibliography, interview form, and survey instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Conferences, Delivery Systems, Diffusion, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Efficiency, Information Dissemination, Literature Reviews, Models, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Research Utilization, Surveys, Technology Transfer, Use Studies, Vocational Education, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Div. of Adult Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.