ERIC Number: ED398966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Educators Exchange: A Program Evaluation.
Armstrong, William B.
The Educators Exchange Program (EEP) was established under a training and educational exchange agreement reached by California's San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and the republic of Mexico. In the program, the District provided a 4-week technological training program to faculty at Centros de Capacitacion Tecnologica Industrial (CECATI), or vocational training centers, in Guanajuato, Mexico. The general goals of the program included economic development, expanded training opportunities, and greater cultural understanding and were based upon literature reviews of the goals of similar programs conducted between U.S. community colleges and their counterparts in Mexico. EEP was unique, however, in that regional training needs in Guanajuato were carefully assessed, SDCCD instructors taught in CECATI training sites and local industries to better understand local conditions, and a classroom approach was used to train more instructors. Of the 61 instructors participating in training in summer 1994 sessions, 67% were male and 33.9% had completed at least some postsecondary technical training. Overall, participants were very pleased with the program, indicating on surveys that it was timely, relevant, and useful in improving their understanding of technological changes. They did express concerns, however, related to the lack of equipment and software, the short duration of the courses, room conditions, and problems with translation. The participant evaluation instrument, responses from course instructors' evaluations, and a program financial statement are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Exchange Programs, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Participant Satisfaction, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico