ERIC Number: ED203133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Starting Expected Employment Outcomes of Occupational Programs: A Case Study.
Passmore, David Lynn; Marron, Michael
Studying the employment outcomes expected from educational programs at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) can aid planners of other occupational programs. The main barriers to planning education for work are the inaccessibility or unavailability of information, the arbitrary nature of occupational classification, and insensitivity to planning problems. To overcome these barriers, NTID specified expected employment outcomes of their programs in terms of the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles" (DOT) occupational names and codes. NTID program managers met to revise these names and codes and to match DOTs to U.S. Census occupational classifications. A total of 211 DOTs were identified for NTID's 14 programs. The list has a number of implications for practice. For instance, the NTID catalog could be updated without reference to worker age or sex, and the public internal and external to NTID would find it easier to use the catalog. This use of DOT classifications has also facilitated research and development efforts in the areas of data collection, data analysis, and comparative analysis. Although this procedure for specifying employment outcomes could be adopted in planning other occupational programs, caution is suggested due to the vagueness of the occupational classifications system applied. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.