ERIC Number: ED340876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
A Third-Party Evaluation of the Iowa Curriculum Assistance System.
The Iowa Curriculum Assistance System at the University of Iowa collects and disseminates curriculum materials and information and offers inservice workshops to vocational educators. A third-party evaluation of the system was made through a 3-day site visit by three experts who interviewed personnel from the system, administrators and faculty from the College of Education, the system's advisory council, and the Iowa Department of Education. Open-ended, semistructured interviews focused on three lines of inquiry: current operations of the Iowa Curriculum Assistance System, the context and network of program improvements for career education, and how planning and evaluation practices influence the operations of the system. Eleven major findings were reported, leading to the following six conclusions: (1) the system is a viable and successful project that should be continued; (2) the roles and relationships of the system to other components of the statewide curriculum improvement effort should be better defined; (3) formal mechanisms for policy setting, planning, evaluation, and redirection of the system should be established; (4) the role and functioning of the system should be reexamined; (5) the system could make better use of available cataloging and recordkeeping technologies; and (6) the time and efforts of the system's staff should be leveraged so services can be expanded without overtaxing staff. Recommendations included establishing a policy-advisory group for the system, formulating guidelines for operation, setting goals and objectives, increasing the use of state partnerships, and expanding the service to the private sector. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Bureau of Career Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.