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NET Gain No. 16: Research Centers (February 1998)

Many research centers throughout the United States have published studies and introduced classroom products useful to vocational educators. An increasing nubmer of these items have become available on the Web. Here are some of the most productive places to visit.

The National Center for Research in Vocational Education ( This site offers a searchable database of 350 publications (and full text of about 50 of those), with more added weekly. Also included are syntheses of current issues, newsletters and links to other useful sites. NCRVE is located at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Education and is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Center on Education and Work ( The Web site for the Center on Education and Work is well-organized with information on research, publications, workshops and links to other related sites. The center is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is supported by national, state and local contracts and grants.

National Center on Education and the Economy ( The National Center on Education and the Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, focuses on standards-based reform.
  The National Center's Workforce Development Program conducts policy analysis and policy development and offers products and services designed to assist states and localities with the design and implementation of standards-based systems for school-to-work transition, job training and the development of comprehensive labor market systems.

The National Center for Postsecondary Improvement ( NCPI is a collaborative research venture of Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
  The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). The Web site includes descriptions of research in progress, text of publications in Adobe Acrobat format and links to related sites.

The Center for Occupational Research and Development ( CORD in Waco, Texas, is a nonprofit organization focusing on curriculum development and teacher training for workforce education. The Web site has information on CORD's projects and services, including the National Tech Prep Network.

This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online archive of "NET Gain" columns is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server ( Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.

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