ERIC Number: ED251636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Operations and Management of the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in Vocational and Technical Education.
Hayward, Becky J.; And Others
A study examined the operations and management of the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in Vocational and Technical Education (NNCCVTE) and developed information to assist in the design of an evaluative study of the network's impact on users of its services. (Since its inception in 1972, the NNCCVTE has provided a mechanism for state and local education agencies to coordinate curriculum activities and to share curriculum resources.) It was concluded that the original objectives of the network have remained largely unchanged since the program's inception. State liaison representatives are the primary users of the network's services. The six NNCCVTE centers each provide a variety of services in three broad areas: capacity building, information resources, and outreach activities. In recent years, the NNCCVTE has invested considerable resources in developing electronic communication systems such as the Vocational Education Curriculum Materials System (VECM). In addition, individual centers have developed linkages with a number of other vocational education information-sharing organizations and, overall, the network maintains close ties with the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. The individual centers have not developed uniform guidelines for evaluating the quality of curricula and do not routinely screen curricula; however, they have contributed to a general improvement in the quality of available vocational education curricula and have been active in reducing duplication and in disseminating newly developed materials. Recommendations were developed concerning the design of an NNCCVTE user study. (Profiles of the six regional NNCCVTE centers are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Coordination, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Linking Agents, Outreach Programs, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Research Methodology, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Shared Services, Technical Education, Telecommunications, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information), Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Advanced Technology, Inc., Washington, DC.