ERIC Number: ED396112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Evaluating Vocational Programs: A Three Dimensional Model.
Rehman, Sharaf N.; Nejad, Mahmoud
The traditional methods of assessing the academic programs in the liberal arts are inappropriate for evaluating vocational and technical programs. In traditional academic disciplines, assessment of instruction is conducted in two fashions: student evaluation at the end of a course and institutional assessment of its goals and mission. Because of immeasurable missions and goal statements, academic assessment is imprecise at best and insurmountable at worst. However, the mission of vocational training is simple and straightforward--to train an individual for a specific profession. Consequently, the quality of instruction and training, the overall content of a degree or certificate program, and the employability and success of students can be easily measured, tracked, evaluated, and, when necessary, updated and modified. A three-phase model takes into consideration three factors that can ensure the success of a vocational training program: relevance, accountability, and institutional image. Only the employers and the practitioners can determine and should dictate the direction of the vocational programs. Vocational institutions should collaborate with their area employers and industries to determine the direction of course offerings and programs. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Dallas, TX, December 9-12, 1994).