ERIC Number: ED206814
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 5--A Case Study of Illinois Career Education Projects at the Awareness Level.
Cheney-Stern, Marilyn R.; Phelps, L. Allen
As part of Project IMPACT's efforts to identify and develop procedures for complying with the impact requirements of Public Law 94-482, a case study was made of Illinois Career Education Projects at the awareness level. First, the Career Development for Children Project (CDCP), which produced career awareness curriculum materials for elementary and junior high school students in 1970-72, was assessed through interviews with elementary school teachers and administrators in eight schools in five districts in Illinois. There was no evidence that the teachers and administrators contacted were aware of the project or its materials or that CDCP had had any impact on the school districts studied. However, Project IMPACT learned through this study that it was impossible to generalize about the huge elementary school population from such a small sample, and became aware of the need to monitor changes of the groups intended for impact. (The most significant group impact by the CDCP was not its intended audience but the U.S. Office of Education.) Second, the Career Orientation and Assessment Program, a prevocational course to expose new prisoners in Illinois correctional facilities to career possibilities, to assess their interests and skills, and to provide specific information about career choices, was assessed through pre- and posttests. Findings indicated increases in accuracy of self-concept in terms of prisoners' vocational abilities and vocational needs. Project IMPACT found that the impact of the program on prisoners' later employability is not known; and that impact of career education programs for prisoners might be facilitated if program content were based more on students' inventoried vocational needs and less on their expressed vocational interests. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Education, Career Exploration, Case Studies, Correctional Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Materials, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Utilization, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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