ERIC Number: ED443967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Edging toward Effectiveness: Examining Postsecondary Occupational Education. NAVE Design Papers.
Grubb, W. Norton
This paper suggests a variety of topics for the National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) to support as it reviews progress under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Technical Education Act 1998 (Perkins III). Section 1 covers the task most closely related to the legislation itself, which is to examine how community colleges and other postsecondary institutions have responded to the key requirements of Perkins III. The requirements are: development of accountability measures; incorporation of academic competencies into postsecondary occupational education (PSOE) and the integration of academic and occupational education; tech prep efforts to link high schools and community colleges; allocation of federal funds; and types of institutions providing PSOE. Section 2 addresses five criteria to judge the effectiveness of PSOE programs, each of which serves as a starting point for at least two kinds of research: determining what conventional or modal practices in PSOE are and identifying promising practices for others to emulate. The criteria are labor market information and connections; curriculum and pedagogy; support services; connections to other programs; and data and improvement. Section 3 examines four issues beyond Perkins III: meaning of completion; "new fluidity" in postsecondary education; limited success of federal legislation; and the role the federal government should perform. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Research, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Tech Prep, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/eval/NAVE/grubb.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Vocational Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998