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ERIC Number: ED431134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessment of the Business Education Program by Alumni.
Wilson, Barbara; Plutsky, Susan
A descriptive study surveyed 210 California State University at Northridge graduates who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business education and wished to teach business courses in California public middle and secondary schools. They were asked to assess intended educational outcomes established by Department of Office Systems and Business Education faculty. Of 210 mailed questionnaires, 78 were returned; 50 provided usable data. Alumni identified four business courses that best prepared them for their first teaching position: accounting, technology, teaching methods, and communication; they indicated that statistics did not prepare them for their first teaching position. They suggested these courses would have helped prepare them for their career: a specialized course in technology and a methods course emphasizing tests and measurements, lesson planning, and classroom management. Although they had a favorable perception of the business education program, citing a relevant curriculum and knowledgeable professors, one indicated a need for more partnering with business and industry to provide students with opportunities to meet professionals, five recommended a methods course specific to business education and school administration, and two suggested that faculty and administrators in the colleges of business and education need to communicate effectively. As a result of this study, an assessment plan, including a revised survey, was developed. (The paper contains 10 references and the following appendices: Business Education Program Assessment Plan, with mission statement, goal statement, intended program outcomes, and assessment criteria and procedures; and survey.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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