Linking Planning and Evaluation: Understanding the Process in Vocational and Technical Education

D. E. Elson, J. D. Oliver, D. C. Strickland, J. Perry

Federal vocational legislation has placed increasing emphasis on assessment, evaluation, and planning since the 1976 Vocational Education Amendments. One of the dilemmas vocational educators face is the fact that much of the literature on planning and evaluation treat these two activities as separate, distinctive functions. This working paper, originally presented at the 1991 National State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Conference, proposes the notion of planning and evaluation as one process--an ongoing, regular dynamic between two interdependent functions. Linkage in this context is not viewed simply as a means to unite planning and evaluation but rather as a multifaceted phenomenon.

MDS-380 / August 1991

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