ERIC Number: ED206812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Procedures for Assessing the Impact of Vocational Education Research and Development on Vocational Education (Project IMPACT). Volume 3--A Case Study of the Illinois Network of Exemplary Occupational Education Programs for Handicapped and Disadvantaged Students.
Cheney-Stern, Marilyn R.; Phelps, L. Allen
As part of Project IMPACT's efforts to develop procedures for complying with the impact requirements of Public Law 94-482, a case study was made of the Illinois Network of Exemplary Occupational Education Programs for Handicapped and Disadvantaged Students. The purpose of the Network was to expand the quantity and quality of special needs vocational education in the state of Illinois. In l978-79, the Network was comprised of nine demonstration sites and a dissemination site; in addition, the Network was also a source of materials, processes, consulting services, and inservice training appropriate for special needs vocational education. Incomplete evaluative data suggests that the Network's products have been fairly widely diffused, and that at least "awareness" of the Network was possessed by all educators in Illinois. The most interesting and unique feature of the Network from the point of view of Project IMPACT was the quality and quantity of interaction between the Network and the Research and Development section of the Illinois Department of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education (DAVTE). This interaction was accomplished through annual funding proposals prepared by the Network that served as evaluative tools for changes implemented by DAVTE. Project IMPACT recommended the following investigations of the Network: documenting that the "awareness" focus of the project deserves as much attention as the "expertise" focus; study of the characteristics and activities that made the director of the dissemination site so effective; further study of product adoption; more document analysis; and further study of the Research and Development Section's control of the Network for possible replication. (KC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Mental Retardation, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Special Education, Vocational Education
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.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1976