ERIC Number: ED309289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Massachusetts Competency-Based Vocational Education Program. Final Report.
Swartz, Janet P.
A study obtained information about implementation and impact of competency-based vocational education (CBVE) in Massachusetts secondary schools. Information was collected from teachers, administrators, Division of Occupational Education staff, the State Leadership Team, and staff at the Massachusetts Vocational Curriculum Resource Center. Findings indicated that teachers from two or more districts shared the writing of each CBVE learning guide. A review of the learning guides showed that they could benefit from updating, clearer writing, and correction of grammatical errors. Specific recommendations were provision of information specific to the context and purpose of tasks in task introductions and instruction sheets; specification of standards for mastery; better quality diagrams and illustrations; and revision of knowledge tests and student self-checks to meet standards. The learning guides were used as student instructional materials, teacher references, and resources for district-level curriculum development. Factors associated with CBVE implementation were: a "key player" enthusiastic about CBVE and knowledgeable about implementation; new teachers looking for curriculum ideas; administrative interest in program improvement; and technical assistance. Teacher concerns about use of CBVE learning guides focused on vocational students' poor reading skills and active learning style, teacher role, and appropriateness in shop and related classes. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy. Bureau of Research, Planning, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts