ERIC Number: ED314641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
National Data Needs for Vocational Education.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth
Obtaining accurate, comprehensive data for vocational education has been one of the more elusive objectives of federal policy. Given the long history of unsuccessful attempts to improve the quality and scope of data on vocational education, it is important to understand the lessons of the past before embarking on a new data collection effort mandated by reauthorization efforts for the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act. This paper seeks to improve future efforts to collect and report data on vocational education. It begins by reviewing the history of previous efforts to collect national information on vocational education and then examines why collecting accurate, consistent data has proven so difficult. The specific kinds of information that are needed for national policy and accountability are discussed next. The five areas involved are governance, student information, staffing, finance, and facilities and equipment. Effective strategies are proposed for collecting this information for each area. Finally, the paper concludes with some recommendations for federal policy. (KC)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University, 46 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455 (order No. MDS-004: $5.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984