ERIC Number: ED400384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reducing the Cost of Technical and Vocational Education. Education Research. A Report to the Overseas Development Administration.
Gray, Lynton; And Others
This report describes research that examined ways of reducing the costs of technical and vocational education programs, particularly in developing countries. The report is organized in three sections. The first section offers an extensive survey of recent and current literature, augmented by perspectives obtained from interviews with key individuals with consultancy experience and through consultation with an expert panel at a seminar held as part of the project. The second part of the report identifies a number of key issues, based largely on field investigations by the project team in Thailand, Nigeria, Washington, and Geneva, and literature analysis of project documents. The report concludes with a number of recommendations on intervention strategies that suggest ways in which either the costs of technical and vocational education might be reduced (efficiency strategies), or the benefits from a given level of investment might be enhanced (effectiveness strategies). Efficiency measures that are suggested include the following: (1) staff productivity agreements, incentives, and improvements; (2) improved use of space and facilities; (3) equipment provision linked to spares, staff training, and establishing a maintenance infrastructure; and (4) comparative cost analysis. Effectiveness measures suggested are as follows: (1) analyzing relative impact of investment in general education; (2) introducing labor market signaling by institutions; (3) improving local management development and planning capacity; (4) enhancing institutional autonomy; (5) encouraging interinstitutional competition for resources and students; (6) realigning the planning responsibilities of national training agencies; and (7) undertaking experiments with resource bargaining and incentive systems to encourage a more responsive relationship between training institutions and national agencies. Contains 91 references. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Overseas Development Administration, London (England).