ERIC Number: ED216209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Using Labor Market Information in Vocational Planning. R & D Series No. 228.
Starr, Harold; And Others
Research findings point up the need by vocational educators for better ways to apply labor market information in doing program planning and evaluation. This report describes a procedure that state and local education agencies can use to develop a long-range program plan for vocational education, and special emphasis is given to the many ways in which labor market information can contribute both to the development and to the periodic evaluation of such a plan. The report contains three main sections. It begins by listing five research-based reasons for assuming that better ways are needed to incorporate labor market information in the process of vocational education program planning and evaluation. A structure or framework for developing and revising a long-range program plan for vocational education is described next. The planning and evaluation framework consists of 10 sequential and interrelated planning and evaluation steps or tasks and a set of components for each task. The tasks respond to five general questions that must be addressed in any comprehensive plan. Using these tasks and questions in a matrix format to produce a plan is illustrated by case examples from a booming resort town and a depressed rural area. The last part of the report describes a variety of agencies that can be valuable sources of labor market information for vocational education program planning and details a number of ways in which interagency coordination and collaboration can be implemented to make the best use of labor market information in developing effective vocational education program plans. (KC)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Information Utilization, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Long Range Planning, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD 228, $8.75; quantity discounts available--write for information).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
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.