Curriculum evaluation of technical vocational training

Gordon, Kenneth William (2009) Curriculum evaluation of technical vocational training. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis is a Case Study of a professional technical training programme designed for an Executive Agency of a major government department. The purpose was to explore the structure, strengths and weaknesses of the programme and to put forward useful suggestions for improvement. The personnel recruited into the programme are experienced technical specialists, often accustomed to the exercise of considerable responsibility and authority, earlier in their careers. The programme is intended to impart the extra skills required in their new role. There is special emphasis on assessment of student learning and curriculum evaluation and the possible confusion between the two terms. The problem of Outcomes and how the competency of the trainees is to be judged is considered. Also considered are learning styles, content and the teaching environment.

Research data is included, collected from three primary and one secondary source. The primary sources consist of two questionnaires, one on Assessment of Student Learning and the other on Curriculum Evaluation. The results from these were analysed and from this data, the questions for the Interview Schedules were developed. They were designed to provide clarification or additional data where this was required. This Interview Schedule was structured as a series of open-ended questions, allowing further investigation as necessary.

The data has been presented in an easily understood format, making use of tables and pie charts. Links have been established between the existing theories on adult further education and the research findings. Conclusions and suggestions for future improvement have been made.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (EdD)
Supervisors: Wallis, J.V.
Atkins, C.
Subjects: H Social sciences > HF Commerce
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 10698
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 16:25
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 01:13

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