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ERIC Number: ED404513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-3
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Field-Based Approach to Vocational Education Reform.
O'Reilly, Patrick A.; And Others
A project described and examined the status of secondary trade and industrial (T&I) education in Virginia and made recommendations to improve such programs. Statewide enrollment data were retrieved for the school years 1986-87 through 1992-93. Questionnaires gathered concerns and recommendations of public school personnel about T&I programs. T&I teachers received a separate questionnaire that collected demographic information. Eight regional meetings attended by members of business, industry, and the general public were held. Focus groups and nominal group techniques were used to collect concerns and recommendations from these groups. A state task force was formed to review and analyze data and propose elements of a strategic plan for the long-range improvement of T&I education. Results indicated an eight percent decline in enrollment. Questionnaire respondents and meeting attendees identified the following concerns: funding, collaboration, teachers, and guidance. The project refined the purposes and related goals of T&I education and identified desired characteristics that focused on access, flexibility, and cost effectiveness. A preliminary proposal for an overall long-range redesign model had three basic components: an "instructional unit based" program component; teacher preparation and development component; and a program planning and evaluation component. Procedures for implementing the programmatic and teacher education and continuing development components were suggested. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia