ERIC Number: ED315602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Influences of the New Curriculum Implementation in the Vocational Technical Schools' Mechanical Group on Their Students' Learning Effects in Taiwan, Republic of China.
Wu, Robert T. Y.
An evaluation was made of the third phase of a curriculum development program conducted in Taiwan, Republic of China. This phase of the program, scheduled to run from 1986 to 1990, emphasized the implementation of a new cluster-based vocational curriculum and focused on teacher inservice programs, purchase of laboratory equipment, and improvement of instructional materials and methods. Three questionnaires were developed and mailed to 1,859 school administrators, teachers, and mechanical major students at 12 schools. A total of 271 professional teachers, 118 administrators and 1,470 students returned usable questionnaires for an overall return rate of 8790. Analysis of the data found that after the new mechanical curriculum was implemented, most teachers and administrators rated such influential factors as facilities and equipment, teachers' effectiveness, curriculum implementation, and students' academic achievement lower than or not different from what they were before the implementation of the new curriculum. Teachers and administrators in schools offering both agricultural and industrial programs were less in favor of the mechanical curriculum than teachers in schools offering industrial programs and those in schools offering both business and industrial programs. Students ranked technical knowledge, skills, and computer applications as priorities in the curriculum, and curriculum implementation had the greatest effect on the learning effects of students. Recommendations for further communication about the theory of the curriculum and more implementation efforts conclude the document. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Industrial Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Technical Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan