ERIC Number: ED333236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Institutional-Level Factors and Excellence in Vocational Education: A Review of the Literature.
Wardlow, George; Swanson, Gordon
A review of the literature is presented on the excellence movement in education and vocational education. The review focuses on the contribution of the educational institution to excellence and describes institutional-level factors associated with excellence. Several questions guide the review: What elements characterize exemplary institutions? What are the common elements? Can these attributes be developed? How do the elements compare to those found in other settings? What implications do the findings have for further study? Several issues are identified: (1) the "unattended" issue (how vocational education was ignored in national reform reports); (2) a model for excellence; (3) outcome factors; (4) institutional variables; (5) organizational structure of the system; (6) personnel qualifications; (7) curriculum development; and (8) program access. In the study of excellence in public education, several topics are identified: (1) structural variables; (2) schools in transition; (3) changes occurring in education; and (4) themes of excellence. Five research concerns and 13 questions for research are listed. Fifty-six references and a 178-item bibliography are included. (NLA)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Excellence in Education, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Role, Literature Reviews, Organizational Development, Outcomes of Education, Public Education, School Business Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Personnel, Transitional Schools, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-106: $4.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.