ERIC Number: ED329750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Institutional Factors Underlying Excellence in Vocational Education.
Migler, Jerry; And Others
A study was conducted to provide a better understanding of the nature and the operation of the institutions in which exemplary vocational education programs exist. The study employed an interpretive ethnographic design that sought meaning and understanding from within the context of the setting. Twenty-five institutions offering exemplary vocational education programs were identified using an expert panel; they included comprehensive high schools, secondary vocational centers, technical institutes, and community colleges. Fifteen of them were visited for systematic observation and interviews. The study found that a number of general themes were consistent across all the institutions studied. These included the following: (1) a conspicuous focus on quality; (2) participatory leadership; (3) active student organizations; (4) teachers actively involved in curriculum development; (5) high expectations of faculty and students; and (6) adequate funding. (KC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Demonstration Programs, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Excellence in Education, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).