ERIC Number: ED251631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Cost Considerations for Experience-Based Learning: Implementing EBCE. Research Brief. If EBEC Is Right for Your Community, What Do You Need to Know and Do to Plan an Affordable Program?
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
An experience-based career education (EBCE) program integrates academic learning, career experiences, and life skill development through direct learning experiences in the community. EBCE enables each student to gain individual attention, both with a teacher and with community members. This increase in individual attention does not mean that EBCE has to cost more than a conventional classroom program. The increase in individual attention can be gained through the assistance of community volunteers, and many programs operate at the same cost as the conventional alternative in the same community. In determining the cost of an EBCE program, the administrator should consider the following factors: (1) staffing--the lower the student load per staff member, the more the program will cost; staff must follow students; and part-time programs may cost more than full-time, complete model programs; (2) space need not be a significant cost factor; (3) existing forms of transportation should be used as much as possible; (4) insurance should be obtained to protect both the student and the resource site; (5) telephones, reference materials, and copying are necessary expenses, but they still need to be regulated; and (6) though an EBCE program can operate without extra cost, there usually are some start-up costs, and they vary widely among sites. EBEC programs stand more chance of surviving and benefiting students if the per-student cost is in line with regular programs, if broad-based support is promoted, and if expansion plans are made in the beginning. Long-term planning is best for a successful EBCE program. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.