ERIC Number: ED438449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Roles of Evaluation for Vocational Education and Training. Plain Talk on the Field of Dreams.
Grubb, W. Norton; Ryan, Paul
This book posits that "plain talk" is needed on the subject of evaluation in vocational education and training. In the first chapter, conceptual issues are discussed. Chapter 2 focuses on the reasons for, and methods of, evaluation. Chapter 3 presents and assesses the value of a broad range of evaluation techniques, including outcome measures, program effects, comparison, aggregation, cost-benefit analysis, and evaluation of program implementation. Chapters 4-7 consider the use and abuse of evaluation results in policymaking, particularly in relation to recent trends and issues in vocational education and training around the world, such as decentralization, a declining role for the state, a shift towards work-based learning, and a concern for issues of equality. Nine recommendations are made, including the following: (1) evaluation of vocational education and training (VET) programs should never lose sight of labor market outcomes but should also be concerned with the processes leading to these results; (2) a variety of evaluation methods should be used together; (3) evaluations should consider long-term as well as short-term effects; (4) equity as well as efficiency should be considered; (5) privatization of training should be approached with caution; and (6) the influence of political factors should be considered. (Contains 409 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Education Work Relationship, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Job Training, Labor Market, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).