ERIC Number: ED392932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education Grades 6-12. Program Evaluation.
Davitt, Bob; And Others
Vocational education programs were offered in 10 middle schools, 5 area high schools, 2 alternative high schools, and at the central campus of Des Moines Public Schools (Iowa). The major curricular focus at the middle school was career exploration. At the area high school level, the program was broad based to meet the needs of a high percentage of the student body. The program included all six career areas identified by the state. Funds to support the program came from a number of sources: the district general fund, instructional support levy, state vocational funds, federal Carl Perkins funds, district human resources budget, district staff development budget, district curriculum development budget, instructional materials budget, decentralized funds, and student fees. Other significant inputs were provided by local companies and organizations in the form of guest speakers, classroom consultants, and work experience stations. The process of implementing the program included the following: curriculum development; instructional and resource material and equipment selection; personnel motivation and training; coordination with other programs; and evaluation of program results. Vocational education provided practical, hands-on, activity-based learning. However, overcoming the stigma attached to vocational courses continued to be a challenge. The program exceeded the requirements of state and federal vocational guidelines. Future planning focused on the continued development and delivery of high quality programs. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.