ERIC Number: ED346336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Databased Course Assessment Method (DCAM).
Starr, Harold; Grossman, Gary
A databased approach to vocational course assessment enables users to rank the quality of vocational education courses. Courses ranked highest may be commended. Courses ranked lowest may be considered in need of improvement efforts. The Databased Course Assessment Method (DCAM) was developed in the public domain and customized to the needs of the Cleveland City School District. The approach is designed to minimize the influence of implicit judgments and perceptions. The DCAM structure consists of three interrelated components: the information selection framework, the scoring process, and the ranking process. Forty-one courses were selected for the pilot test of the DCAM. A group of employers, school administrators, and vocational administrators was convened to pilot test a procedure for obtaining DCAM information components and performance measure weights. One limitation in the application of the statistical procedures using pilot-test data is that these data were incomplete. Two conclusions can be drawn from the statistical analyses: (1) the DCAM approach can be statistically validated; and (2) the DCAM works optimally with stakeholder involvement. The data lend empirical support for stakeholders' involvement and show the relative contribution of the model's information components and performance measures. (Twenty-two exhibits are included. Appendix A contains the information set used in the pilot test. Appendix B contains the revised information set.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cleveland Public Schools, OH.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.