ERIC Number: ED392471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
A Delphi Study of Tech Prep Initiatives in Higher Education: Research Priorities in Teacher Education.
Farmer, Edgar I.
In an effort to identify, categorize, and prioritize the research needs facing Tech Prep Teacher Education over the next 10 years, a study was conducted of a selected sample of nationally recognized experts in Tech Prep. A three-round Delphi survey approach was used to generate responses and achieve consensus among the experts. The first questionnaire, designed to generate or identify research needs for Tech Prep Teacher Education, was completed by 33 experts. Responses to this survey were coded and categorized, resulting in 98 identified research needs and priorities in the following focus areas: marketing strategies, partnerships and linkages with business, staff development and professional training, curriculum criteria and performance standards, and evaluation methodologies and program assessment. For the second questionnaire, 30 of the original respondents rated the research needs and ranked the 10 categories in order of importance. For the third questionnaire, 27 of the original respondents reviewed responses from round two and contrasted them using group consensus data. Based on a 5-point scale, 26 of the 98 research priority items had a mean score of 4 or more points, while the highest rated priority was "institutionalize tech prep into the higher education delivery system." The category for research in instruction and curriculum development ranked the highest in importance with a mean of 3.074. The survey instruments and a list of the 25 states represented in the study are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Graduate Student Seminar of the Council of Universities and Colleges (Minneapolis, MN, April 22, 1995).