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Design and implementation of a curriculum evaluation plan for the vocational education program (occupational education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act) of a large correctional system are described. An outside evaluator assisted in designing and conducting the first year's evaluation. The 1991-92 curriculum used was a modification of the Massachusetts Competency Based Vocational Educational Curriculum encompassing 16 occupational areas and the academic competencies required. Curriculum treatment and its effects in year one were evaluated by experts in the vocational areas who observed the program, examined the curriculum, and interviewed instructors and a sample of students. An evaluation instrument was developed to provide uniformity of data collection across the 13 institutions studied. An evaluation design schedule was drawn up to form a time, task, and talent (TTT) chart for the first year. The TTT chart brings findings in the areas of student factors, program design, faculty, and facilities into a relationship with the personnel needed to carry out the evaluation and a time schedule that relates task completion to the use of the evaluation findings. The goal in years 2 and 3 will be to provide faculty and administration with information that will inform program decisions. Four charts present the evaluation design. An appendix contains the evaluation instrument. (SLD)

Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Federal Programs, Program Evaluation, Research Design, State Programs, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation

Author: Eash, Maurice J.


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