ERIC Number: ED254666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
Where We've Been in Vocational Education Research: A "Geologic Survey."
Seidman, Peter F.
A study examined vocational education research and development (R&D) during the period from 1963 to 1983. Individually funded and government-funded R&D efforts in the following 15 categories were compared: career development and guidance, special populations, students, personnel, instructional techniques, curriculum development, demography, equity, labor market supply and demand information, administration, evaluation of vocational education programs, job site, employment and training, articulation, and dissemination and demonstration. Relative frequencies of R&D efforts in each of these categories, referred to as "level of effort" (LOE), were calculated for each year. Graphic comparison of the LOEs of each of the 15 categories revealed that in 14 of the 15 categories, over 50 percent of the data entries fall at or below the 11 percent mark. In seven of the categories, over 50 percent of the data entries showed zero R&D activity. Indirect evidence from the study supported the contention that Federal regulatory processes contribute to the short life of R&D trends. This conclusion seemed to be particularly supported by the data concerning the years 1971 through 1974. (Graphs comparing the government and individual LOEs in each of the 15 categories are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Career Development, Content Analysis, Curriculum Development, Demography, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Information Dissemination, Job Training, Labor Market, Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Private Financial Support, Program Evaluation, Research and Development, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, April 4, 1985).