ERIC Number: ED399382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Potential Impact of the Implementation of Cluster Programs in Trade and Industrial/Technical Education in Colorado. Final Report.
Jansen, Duane G.; Lewis, Wiley B.
The potential impact of the implementation of cluster programs in trade and industrial/technical education in Colorado was examined through a review of literature on cluster programs in the United States, a national survey of 51 state supervisors of vocational education (VE), and a survey of 196 local vocational directors in Colorado. The national and state surveys elicited 34 (68.6% response rate) and 127 (65% response rate) usable responses. The state directors reported that cluster programs had been used in VE in 22 (64.7%) states and were accepted positively by industry and secondary- and postsecondary-level program personnel. Of the 52 (41.3%) local Colorado directors from districts where cluster programs had been used, more than 67% reported that cluster programs were achieving their intended outcomes (basic occupational and academic skill development and occupational awareness, preparation, and exploration). Local directors considered cluster programs more effective than traditional programs in supporting occupational/career decision-making processes and preparing individuals to work in a rapidly changing labor market. Appended are the following: questionnaires and cover letters used in the national and state surveys; information about clusters reported; and additional state supervisor comments.) Contains 35 tables/figures and 26 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Occupational Clusters, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, State Officials, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Tables (Data), Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Directors
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado