ERIC Number: ED443964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Quality of Vocational Education in High Schools. NAVE Design Papers.
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins III) directs state and local education providers to improve vocational and technical education programs. Most of these improvements are aimed directly at changing what teachers do and what and how students learn. The National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) is charged with evaluating the impact of Perkins III and making a report to Congress by July 2002. Of chief interest to Congress is how these recommendations for program improvement are realized in high schools and how they affect what goes on in classrooms. This paper, written to inform NAVE, argues that to understand the quality and effects of curricular and teaching changes undertaken in response to Perkins III, the evaluation must focus on teachers and classrooms. This paper has three goals: (1) to examine the principal themes and issues related to assessing quality vocational education (with an emphasis on teachers and teaching); (2) to lay out a research plan to assess quality practice; and (3) to discuss the conceptual, methodological, and practical challenges to conducting the research. (YLB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Research, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Summative Evaluation, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/eval/NAVE/stasz.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Vocational Education (ED), Washington, DC.