ERIC Number: ED199392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Technology of Local Level Vocational Education Planning. Context, Realities, and Research and Development Needs.
Merz, Harold; And Others
A report described the current context, realities, and research and development needs of local level vocational education planning to provide a foundation for improving local level planning technology. Examination of the legislative context for vocational education planning revealed that interagency coordination and consultation, use of data about job availability and student and community needs, and consideration of evaluation findings are key ingredients in the planning process. Organizational design, funding, and goals; local regulations; enrollment patterns; and community economic and demographic characteristics are among environmental factors affecting educational planning. A sample of planning tools and techniques and training material and activities was derived by examining discrepancies between federal legislative intent for vocational education planning and the observed realities of local level vocational education planning as it takes place under diverse environmental conditions. These tools and techniques include models and procedural guides to assist local school administrators and planners, models and procedural guides to facilitate statewide coordination between state and local level agencies, techniques to define new and emerging job skills needed for changing technologies, improved information systems for use by local schools, and competency-based training materials for individuals and/or group instruction to enhance planning skills. (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Influences, Information Utilization, Methods, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Methodology, Research Needs, School Districts, Secondary Education, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.