ERIC Number: ED473599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Need Sensing: Developing a Responsive CTE Research and Dissemination Agenda. In Brief: Fast Facts for Policy and Practice.
Pearson, Donna; Champlin, Barbara E.
The National Dissemination Center's Need Sensing/Future Scanning program collects opinions from a broad spectrum of stakeholders in career and technical education (CTE) and uses them to guide research, dissemination, and professional development activities that are responsive to the field's needs. In year 3 of the program, professionals and stakeholders from across the United States were invited to participate in teleconferences and online surveys to elicit a deeper understanding of recurring themes related to the following issues: accountability; student achievement; the image of CTE; diversity; and other emerging needs. The teleconference and survey participants expressed particular concern that the terminology and indicators used to measure accountability are inconsistent within and across states, regions, and the nation, and they called for a national-level meta-analysis of data already collected to promote development of uniform research and dissemination processes. The participants also called for longitudinal studies to answer questions regarding accountability, student achievement, and issues of articulation, and they saw an urgent need for reliable assessment tools and processes for measuring student performance and achievement that allow for diversity in learning styles and abilities and the unique contributions of learners in CTE programs and courses. Twenty-seven specific areas requiring additional research were highlighted. (4 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Articulation (Education), Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Public Relations, Research and Development, Research Needs, Secondary Education, Stakeholders, Teleconferencing, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.nccte.org/publications/infosynthesis/in-brief/in-brief 22/inbrief22-needsensing.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.