ERIC Number: ED223693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Developing an Instrument to Assess Non-Technical Outcomes of Occupational Education.
Bowers, John J.
Occupational education has an impact on students in the form of economic returns to the individual and society through the development of technical skills. The Association of Vocational Education Administrators (AVEA) launched this study to test the hypothesis that vocational programs also have a positive impact on student's social, affective and nontechnical development. The Outcomes Project was carried out by the Cornell Institute for Occupational Education using secondary school students. Phase 1 identified beneficial outcomes not directly related to technical skills. From this phase seven hypotheses about vocational education were formed, including the hypothesis that vocational education students may have more positive attitudes about school. Phase 2 developed a prototype measure of outcomes. The instrument was drafted, field tested, and revised. Phase 3 refined the prototype instrument and administered the final questionnaire to occupational and nonoccupational students at the end of their sophomore and senior years. Data collection, analysis, factor matching, scale building and the preliminary results and validity are examined in this paper. Despite great reductions in attitude and value items, the scales showed moderate to high statistical reliability. (CM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982); Some pages of appendices are marginally legible due to small print; For a related document, see TM 820 837.