THE PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF A SECONDARY, GIFTED, CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAM (PENNSYLVANIA)

JERRY L DUNKLE, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

The study describes how a program in career education for the gifted students was planned, implemented, and evaluated in the school district of Bedford, Pennsylvania. At all educational levels, there has been growing concern to offer more relevant and meaningful educational experiences. This concern has often focused on the need for more effective career education. In another area of considerable concern, there seems to be no clear direction as to what would be the best approach for providing a rewarding and meaningful experience in school for gifted students. To date, however, these two major concerns have not coalesced. There seems to be relatively little interest in career education for the gifted students.^ As a case study, it relied primarily on the method of participant observation. Data sources included a researcher's log of events and activities, personal interviews of board members and administrators, and questionnaires completed by students, parents, and community members. The program was piloted in the Bedford Area School District from March through May, 1982.^ This study describes the program that was created by a Career Education Advisory Committee composed of school personnel and community members. The dynamics of group communication and cooperation is explored. The problems of implementing a career-oriented program in a small, rural community are reviewed; the limited number of industries and businesses and the smallness of the community and the school created some obstacles to the implementation of the pilot program. The study examines state, district, and community resources that affected the development and implementation of the gifted, career education program in the Bedford Area School District.^ The overall evaluation of the program by participating students, teachers, and community members seems to indicate that the program met the gifted students needs, as well as community needs in relation to career education. Based on the observations and evaluations, the program seemed to add the relevancy and meaningfulness to the education of our gifted students that seemed to be absent before the program was developed. The strength of the piloted program is indicated by its continued expansion into the regular education program of the Bedford Area School District. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.) ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

JERRY L DUNKLE, "THE PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF A SECONDARY, GIFTED, CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAM (PENNSYLVANIA)" (January 1, 1985). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI8611009.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8611009

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