ERIC Number: ED199431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Viewpoints on Interpreting Outcome Measures in Vocational Education. National Conference on Outcome Measures for Vocational Education (Louisville, Kentucky, August 16-18, 1979). Information Series No. 187.
McKinney, Floyd L., Ed.; Harvey, Beth, Ed.
The valid interpretation of information related to the outcomes of vocational education is a persistent and profound problem of the profession. Some of the reasons for this problem are difficulties of communication, problems of definition, problems of collecting and interpreting data, and lack of documentation. The primary problem appears to be lack of commonly accepted definitions of "vocational student,""relatedness" of training to employment, "job performance," and "job satisfaction." To address these concerns, a National Conference on Outcome Measures for Vocational Education was held in August 1978. The four major papers presented at this conference are contained in this document. In the first paper, Mary Bach Kievit explains the values of the various groups directly concerned with vocational education, analyzes the impact that these values have on the perspective through which members of each group view vocational education, and ascertains the implications for choosing and interpreting outcome measures in vocational education. Then John Jennings describes the context in which the new evaluation requirements for vocational education came about in the Vocational Education Amendments of 1976, and the nature of those requirements. In the third paper, Donald W. Drewes examines the effects of standardized outcome measures through federal, state, and local levels. Finally, Grant Venn suggests that traditional success criteria in both work preparation and in general education are not relevant to the future. Somehow, the two must be put together and changed if vocational education is to meet the needs of both learner and society. (KC)
Descriptors: Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Evaluation Methods, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Students, Values, Values Clarification, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Vocational Education Amendments 1976