ERIC Number: ED342889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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Exemplary Vocational Education Programs Serving Postsecondary Special Needs Populations.
Maddy-Bernstein, Carolyn; Burac, Zipura T.
In 1989, the Technical Assistance for Special Populations Program (TASPP) developed a process to identify exemplary vocational education programs serving youth and adults with special needs. A national survey was conducted, with responses received from more than 350 professional vocational educators of special needs students in several states. In order to determine the programmatic components and criteria they believed should be used in identifying exemplary programs, respondents were given an array of diverse program and instructional strategies from which to choose, and they were asked to list additional relevant criteria. Respondents favored collecting and analyzing evidence on the implementation and effects of programs significantly more than soliciting nominations from knowledgeable leaders within the field. The self-nomination process used by TASPP to identify exemplary programs focuses on obtaining detailed descriptions of programs based on 20 components that constitute exemplary programs. The components were identified based on an extensive literature review. Once TASPP receives an exemplary program application through the process, the application is reviewed by three recognized leaders in the field using general criteria and the 20 components. Those programs receiving outstanding ratings from this review process are designated as exemplary by TASPP. (Brief description of four programs identified as models by the TASPP process during 1990 are included. The descriptions include outcome information, location, and target populations served.) (KC)
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